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Author: Lydia Alcock


A Conversation with Volunteer Leslie Petak: A Standards For Excellence Peer Reviewer

In celebration of our amazing volunteers at Maryland, we sat down (virtually!) with long time Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence volunteer peer reviewer, Leslie Petak on May 1, 2020.  Thank you, Leslie for sharing your story and for your service to nonprofits throughout the country. How long have you been involved? Leslie began her work as a Standards for Excellence Peer Reviewer in June 2005.When did you get involved with SFX what attracted you to SFX?Leslie is a trained clinical[…]
By Lydia Alcock | May 27, 2020 Read More>

Matching High Quality Interns with Nonprofits to Encourage Excellence in Governance and Management

Kelsie Overton formerly ran a program at the Alabama Association of Nonprofits that matched interns with nonprofit organizations seeking Accreditation with the Standards for Excellence. She is now a litigation associate practicing at Bradley.  She recently shared her experience with the Institute. When I was working at the Alabama Association of Nonprofits, our CEO, Shannon Ammons, noticed a barrier for many nonprofit organizations. Though they wanted to become accredited with the Standards for[…]
By Lydia Alcock | December 20, 2019 Read More>
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Announcing the 2019 Class of Licensed Consultants

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2019 Class of Licensed Consultants. Twenty-nine class members hailing from nine states recently completed the intensive, three-day training seminar and can assist nonprofits nationwide. They bring years of experience to the table and represent organizations from California to Maryland – and many in between.    Standards for Excellence Licensed[…]
By Lydia Alcock | November 26, 2019 Read More>

Three Tips to Prevent Conflicts of Interest at Your Nonprofit

From Amy Coates Madsen, Director of the Standards for Excellence There have been a series of high-profile conflict of interest situations and ethical challenges in the nonprofit sector in the last few weeks and months. To many, these high-profile stories have served as a wake-up call to nonprofit board and staff leaders that they should be more focused on their governance in a way that is as ethical as possible. Here are three quick tips to start your journey of preventing conflicts of interest[…]
By Lydia Alcock | August 30, 2019 Read More>

The True Cost of Nonprofit Ethical Failures by Joan Harrington

Ethical indiscressions can take a major toll on a nonprofit's stakeholders and cause harm to the entire social sector. Read this article by Joan Harrington of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a Replication Partner, to see the impacts of specific ethical failures. […]
By Lydia Alcock | May 03, 2019 Read More>

Dissent: A Missing Ingredient in Nonprofit Governance by Joan Harrington and Ann Skeet

Dissenting Board Members often get labeled as problematic, when in reality they are an asset. An open exhange of ideas and thoughts makes for a healthy nonprofit. Read this article by Joan Harrington and Ann Skeet of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a Replication Partner, to encourage an array of diverging outlooks in your organization. […]
By Lydia Alcock | April 24, 2019 Read More>

Diverse Discourse in Board Meetings by Anita Varma

Recruitment is only the first step in effective board diversity. Organizations must then actively facilitate inclusive conditions to allow for open communication in board meetings. Read this article by Anita Varma of Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a Replication Partner, to learn practices that establish an environment of diverse perspectives. […]
By Lydia Alcock | April 19, 2019 Read More>

Top Takeaways from Licensed Consulting Training

Ron Barrett, COGENCY GLOBAL's Vice President of Nonprofit Services, reflects on his experience participating in the 2018 Standards for Excellence Institute Licensed Consultant Training.[…]
By Lydia Alcock | January 10, 2019 Read More>

2019 Class of Licensed Consultants Advance Standards for Excellence® Mission

The Standards for Excellence Institute, an initiative designed to help nonprofit organizations operate more ethically and accountably, announces its 2018 Class of Licensed Consultants. […]
By Lydia Alcock | December 13, 2018 Read More>
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Failure to Address Succession Planning by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

A long-tenured executive director is uncertain about how much longer he intends to stay with his organization and has talked with a few members of the staff about the possibility of leaving. He has not spoken to the board or stated a clear intention, and the board is hesitant to address the issue out of respect. How can this board and executive director act ethically? Read this article from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a Replication Partner based in Santa Clara, CA, to find out.   […]
By Lydia Alcock | October 26, 2018 Read More>
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