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About Amy Coates Madsen

Amy Coates Madsen is the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute, a national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to facilitate adherence to standards by all organizations. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where Amy has served for more than twenty-two years. Amy is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the association’s comprehensive ethics and accountability program and efforts to replicate the program nationally. She serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics, and nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management.

She has held positions at the Trenton lobbying firm of the Princeton Public Affairs Group, and the Public Policy Liaison Unit at the world headquarters of Catholic Relief Services. Amy received her Master of Arts in Policy Studies degree from the Johns Hopkins University – Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, Maryland; and her Bachelors degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Amy is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Amy serves on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT). Amy is a former member of the Disaster Action Team of the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross and is qualified to provide disaster preparedness training to children and adults. She has also served as the former President of Central Maryland CAN TOO and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the largest United Methodist Church in Baltimore City. She serves on the board of her children’s preschool PTA and is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Amy is currently leading an effort to establish an endowment for the Virginia Tech University Honors Program.

Foundations Reduce Uncertainty in Grantmaking

By | March 6th, 2017|Fundraising|

Foundations are committed to ensuring each project they fund is successful. By asking about participation in the Standards for Excellence program, grantmakers can be certain that applicants are operating in an upright, accountable, and ethical way.

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Make a New Year’s Resolution to Strengthen Your Nonprofit

By | January 24th, 2017|Nonprofit|

With people thinking about "fresh starts," a new year tends to bring out lots and lots of folks interested in starting a nonprofit. Standards for Excellence Director Amy Coates Madsen offers that oftentimes connecting with other existing nonprofits is an effective alternative.

IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities Releases 2016 Report

By | June 9th, 2016|Advocacy, Public Affairs & Public Policy, Standards for Excellence Institute|

In 2014, it was my honor to accept an appointment to the Internal Revenue Service’s Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (the ACT). ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury and advise the IRS on issues impacting tax exempt organizations and government entities. The ACT includes external stakeholders and representatives who deal with [...]

Legal Compliance and Ethics

By | August 18th, 2015|Ethics, Legal compliance|

The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute®. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a [...]

Watch the Video! ABC27 Harrisburg Features PANO’s Standards 2.0

By | May 29th, 2015|Accountability, Advocacy, Budgeting, Code, Education, Engagement, Evaluation, Excellence, Finance, Leadership, Legal compliance, Mission, Nonprofit, Operational management, Operations, Planning, Policies, Press, Resource development, Standards, Standards for Excellence Institute, Strategic partnerships, Strategy|

  Standards for Excellence Replication Partner Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations was recently featured on ABC27 in Harrisburg for their Standards 2.0 rollout. Read all about it and watch the report here. If you're in Pennsylvania, be sure to checkout their upcoming rollout events happening throughout the state. Congrats PANO!

Leadership: Staff

By | May 22nd, 2015|Education, Standards for Excellence Institute|

The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute®. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a [...]

Leadership: Board

By | May 5th, 2015|Standards for Excellence Institute|

The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute®. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a [...]

Updated Educational Resource Packet Released: Personnel Policies – Standards for Excellence Employee Handbook

By | January 27th, 2015|Standards for Excellence Institute|

The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a [...]

Improve the Form 990: Help Us Advise the IRS

By | January 19th, 2015|Standards for Excellence Institute|

The Exempt Organizations Subcommittee of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities (ACT) is seeking your input on how the IRS can improve the Form 990. The ACT is a group of representatives of the nonprofit sector and practitioners who provide public input to the IRS on relevant areas of tax administration. [...]

2014 Survey on the Board of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations

By | January 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|

GuideStar USA, BoardSource, The Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business are presently conducting a survey on the Board of Directors of Nonprofit Organizations. The goal of this study is to provide insights into the structure and workings of boards of directors of nonprofit [...]