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2017 Class of Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultants

November 20, 2017
The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2017 Class of Licensed Consultants. Class members hailing from ten states recently completed the intensive, three-day training seminar and can assist[…]

Eleven Anne Arundel County Non-Profits To Receive Training in Best Management Practices

November 16, 2017
The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County (CFAAC) and the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (ACAAC) recently announced the selection of eleven nonprofit Arts and Culture organizations to participate in an 18-month program training program with the Standards for Excellence Institute. The[…]
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5 Ways to Make Changes That Stick

September 11, 2017
As a Standards for Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant, I sometimes see organizations crumble when faced with change. Both internal and external factors force organizations to change their way of operating and fulfilling their missions. When external changes arise, (such as changes in grants,[…]
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Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations! (8/24/17)

August 24, 2017
  The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector:  The Arc of Westchester, Hawthorne, NY Boys and Girls Club of[…]
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Do's and Don'ts of a Strategic Planning Retreat

August 21, 2017
As an executive director, board member, and Licensed Consultant through the Standards for Excellence Institute®, I have attended and administered multiple strategic planning retreats. These getaways have the best of intentions – advancing the mission and vision of the organization, building a closer[…]
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Choose Your Own Adventure: 5 Steps to a Sustainable Strategic Plan

July 24, 2017
Life is like a “choose your own adventure” book.With each choice we make, our adventure changes. With one big difference. In a “choose your own adventure” book, we don’t know where the decisions will lead us (unless we look at the end). But in real life, we’re pretty good at anticipating[…]
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Managing Difficult Board Members

June 28, 2017
You know who they are.They engage in sidebar conversations with other board members or even the members about what they think is wrong with the board or the executive director or the organization in general. They joined the board simply to promote themselves or their business and then come up with[…]
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Understanding Nonprofit Obstacles: What Headwinds Do Your Clients Face?

June 28, 2017
When you travel from New York to London, the shortest flight is about 6 hours and 45 minutes. When you return, the shortest flight is an hour longer. Flying east, we have tailwinds helping us along. Flying west, we’re pushing against headwinds.Every time we make a plan, we’re also making[…]
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Licensed Consultant Thomas K. Hyatt Named Outstanding Lawyer by American Bar Association

June 16, 2017
Thomas K. Hyatt, a member of the inaugural class of Standards for Excellence Institute Licensed Consultants, recently received a 2017 Outstanding Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a lawyer for his or her distinguished service as outside counsel to[…]
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Licensed Consultant Journey: Robin Talbert, J.D.

May 31, 2017
The Standards for Excellence® Institute continues to build a national network of qualified nonprofit consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Standards for Excellence Institute[…]
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Licensed Consultant Journey: Patricia G. Hanberry, MA

May 22, 2017
The Standards for Excellence® Institute continues to build a national network of qualified nonprofit consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Standards for Excellence Institute[…]
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Standards for Excellence Leaders Weigh in on NANOE, per Nonprofit Quarterly

April 19, 2017
Standards for Excellence leaders weighed in on the controversial National Association of Nonprofit Organization Executives (NANOE) in a recent article from Nonprofit Quarterly.“What NANOE is proposing goes against every teaching out there, whether it be from the Standards for Excellence or Board[…]
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Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Recognized by the Standards for Excellence Institute

March 09, 2017
The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) has successfully completed the requirements for Standards Basics recognition. DESEU participated in the Standards for Excellence program through the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA), a Standards for Excellence Replication[…]
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Striving for Excellence: The Delaplaine Receives Reaccreditation

March 05, 2017
The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, a Maryland-based nonprofit, was recently reaccredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Delaplaine has been accredited under the Standards since 2003. Catherine Moreland, Delaplaine CEO, discusses the reaccreditation process in the Spring[…]
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Hoboken Parish Kicks Through Veil of Financial Secrecy, per National Catholic Reporter

February 02, 2017
The National Catholic Reporter spoke with Msgr. Robert S. Meyer, pastor of the first Catholic parish to become Standards for Excellence accredited - the Catholic Community of Saints Peter and Paul - regarding their decision to earn accreditation."The goal is that prudent stewardship is a vehicle 'so[…]
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Standards for Excellence Ethics Standards Committee Advances Nonprofit Transparency and Accountability

December 15, 2016
The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2017 Ethics Standards Committee. The National Ethics Standards Committee is charged with overseeing the accreditation and recognition program of the[…]
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Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Program Celebrates “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence”

December 14, 2016
In May 2016, the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Licensed Nonprofit Consultant program celebrated its tenth anniversary and “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence.” The Standards for Excellence Institute promotes fundamental values in the nonprofit sector such as honesty, integrity, fairness,[…]
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2016 Class of Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultants

December 09, 2016
The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2016 Class of Licensed Consultants. Recently completing the intensive, three-day training, class members are now licensed in every aspect of the[…]
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Accredited Alabama Nonprofits Receive Local Grant Funds

December 05, 2016
The Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama hosted a reception to recognize 14 organizations who will share more than $250,000 from a local grant fund, reports the Anniston Star. Three of the organizations have been accredited by the Standards for Excellence program through a partnership with the[…]

Congratulations to Our Latest Organizations (6/23/16)

June 23, 2016
The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector: Arc of Washington County, Hagerstown, MD The[…]
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CFRE APPROVED: Apply for Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training

June 20, 2016
CFRE International has just re-approved the Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training program as a provider of continuing education points towards their Fund Raising Executive certification. Participating in the Licensed Consultant Training will provide 1.5 points in[…]
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Replication Partner Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Receives Gift of Office Complex

June 03, 2016
On Wednesday, June 1, Standards for Excellence Replication Partner Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits announced that it has accepted a donation from Chesapeake Energy Corporation of a northwest Oklahoma City office strip mall housing dozens of nonprofit agencies, per The Oklahoman. Marnie Taylor, the[…]

Join the Standards for Excellence Institute at Upcoming Alliance for Nonprofit Management Webinar 5/20/14

October 20, 2014
Ethics, Standards and Accreditation: The Impact on Nonprofit Organizations […]

Keeping Your Work Ethical, Accountable, and Above Board

February 26, 2013
 Recent news about the bankruptcy filing at Baltimore Behavioral Health Center is a startling and disturbing example of what can go wrong when nonprofits don’t do all that they can to keep their work ethical, accountable, and above board.The story reads like a “how to get your name in the paper”[…]

Is it time to consider telecommuting for your nonprofit? By Amanda Mummert

December 17, 2012
With super storms crashing through the region, hurricane season just behind us, and winter looming ahead, it occurred to me how much productivity an organization could gain if their staff worked from home. What if employees were already telecommuting when a physical office closed due to snow or[…]

Gifts with Strings and Friends in Low Places

April 11, 2012
Garth Brooks sings about his less-than-reputable buddies in his popular country song, “Friends in Low Places.” It is hard to determine whose reputation appeared more sullied in Mr. Brooks’ recent headlining activities – himself or the nonprofit hospital which he sued for apparently not following his[…]