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CFRE APPROVED: Apply for Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training

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 fundraising and 7.5 points in non-fundraising towards your CFRE®.But time is running out to apply for the tenth Standards for Excellence Licensed Nonprofit Consultant Training program.Appy today to join[…]
By Susan Larsen | June 20, 2016 Read More>
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Replication Partner Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Receives Gift of Office Complex

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 center's president and chief executive officer, states that the donation is one of the most significant gifts in the organization's history. The three-building strip mall at was purchased by Chesapeake[…]
By Susan Larsen | June 03, 2016 Read More>

Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations! (5/24/16)

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: CALMRA, Inc., Beltsville, MD End Times Harvest Ministries, New Carrolton, MD Pathfinders for Autism, Hunt Valley, MDThe Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate the following organization that has earned their recognition under the[…]
By Susan Larsen | May 24, 2016 Read More>
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How Excellent Is Your Program Evaluation?

Nonprofit program evaluation refers to the process of gathering data about a service or program an organization offers to determine its effectiveness. Nonprofits that thoroughly and strategically evaluate their programs show a commitment to the communities they serve by identifying their successes and challenges. More and more charitable donors now expect to see an evaluation plan in the programs they fund. The Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit[…]
By Susan Larsen | May 16, 2016 Read More>

6 Best Practices: Is Your Nonprofit Staff Training Effective?

Hire for passion and intensity; there is training for everything else.- Nolan Bushnell, technology pioneerRebecca Wyatt of Salsa Labs recently wrote a blog about staff traingin at nonprofits.[…]
By Susan Larsen | November 18, 2014 Read More>

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

Ethics, Standards and Accreditation: The Impact on Nonprofit Organizations Join the Standards for Excellence Institute and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management for a special webinar/briefing to learn about updates and changes to the Standards for[…]
By Susan Larsen | October 20, 2014 Read More>

Finding the “Hot Spots” on the Form 990

By Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Officer, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations “We love our Form 990!” Would any nonprofit organization ever make that statement? Loving it might be a lot to ask. We at least need to get to the point where we can say, “Our Form 990 represents our nonprofit very well and we are proud of its contents.” Why such a “to do” about Form 990s? Taking a step back to the “pre-GuideStar era (founded in 1994),” most folks didn’t even know what a Form 990[…]
By Susan Larsen | July 30, 2013 Read More>

Celebrating and Deliberating over Right versus Right Decisions

The ethics field lost a giant last week when Rushworth Kidder, President and Founder of the Institute for Global Ethics in Rockport, Maine passed way in Naples Florida.While I am sorry to say that I never personally met Rush, I was an avid reader of his publications and works and I often cited a quote from his writings.  My favorite Rushworth Kidder quote was:“…because nonprofits have an obligation to do the right things-often wrenching choices among competing priorities, and having to ask what[…]
By Susan Larsen | March 19, 2013 Read More>

Keeping Your Work Ethical, Accountable, and Above Board

 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” manual: allegations like blatant instances of conflicts of interest, related individuals that were both board members and staff members, hiring practices that did not screen for individuals on federal[…]
By Susan Larsen | February 26, 2013 Read More>
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