When is last time you asked, “Why are we doing it this way?”

I was reading an article from the Harvard Business Review the other day, and could not help but make a connection between the way highly successful for-profit corporations and highly successful nonprofit organizations deal with change. Successful organizations usually embrace change. Less successful for-profits and nonprofits tend to fear change. They rarely - if ever - ask themselves,“Why are we [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|

Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Recognized by the Standards for Excellence Institute

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 Partner.

By | March 9th, 2017|

Foundations Reduce Uncertainty in Grantmaking

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.

By | March 6th, 2017|

Striving for Excellence: The Delaplaine Receives Reaccreditation

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 2017 issue of Delaplaine Arts magazine.

By | March 5th, 2017|

Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations!

The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently completed the Standards for Excellence accreditation and recognition program.

By | February 10th, 2017|

Hoboken Parish Kicks Through Veil of Financial Secrecy, per National Catholic Reporter

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 you can pass it over to the next generation.'"

By | February 2nd, 2017|

Standards for Best Practice Ministry

Peter Denio, Program Manager for Standards for Excellence Replication Partner the Leadership Roundtable, was recently featured on the Catholic Campus Ministry Association Leadership Podcast and discussed the Standards for Excellence and how "management is significant part of any role of any ministry." Listen now.

By | January 30th, 2017|

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Strengthen Your 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.

By | January 24th, 2017|

Will the Millennials Be Our Next Great Generation of Philanthropists?

The Millennials are characterized as confident goal-setters who believe in egalitarian leadership, want integrated work/life balance, and do all things using “mobile” as their preferred medium. But can we take the passion of the political and civic engagement of the millennial and make this, philanthropically speaking, our “greatest generation” ever? Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Jane Stein believes that we can.

By | December 23rd, 2016|

Even Full Plates Can Be Rearranged: 5 Questions To Evaluate A Change In Plans

#TenYearsOfAdvancingExcellence: Sometimes in life, we have a really full plate of things that we’re focusing on and need to deal with. And it’s at that moment, that something happens that demands that we switch focus, so that we need to move things around. From this we learn that the items on the plate are always movable–we just need to realize that we can move them.

By | December 20th, 2016|