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52 Tips in 52 Weeks: “This is the way it’s always been done!” – is this mentality stopping you from achieving excellence?

As frequent readers of this blog know, the Standards for Excellence: and Ethics Code for the Nonprofit Sector document is a consensus model for how the most well-managed and responsibly-governed nonprofits operate. This means that when nonprofit leaders review the tenets and benchmarks of the code, they generally agree with the benchmarks and principles.  But, on the other hand, there are many fewer organizations who can say that they live by every one of the sixty-seven Standards. Standards for[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | November 30, 2020 Read More>

52 Tips in 52 Weeks: Navigating Whistleblower Policies

I read with interest a recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Philadelphia Mulls Protections for COVID-19 Workplace Whistleblowers.” (June 11, 2020 by Karen Kahn). The story discusses a bill that the Philadelphia City Council is considering which would protect employees who speak up about unsafe conditions in their workplaces related to COVID-19 risks and transmissions.The story cites the findings from the National Employment Law Project (NELP)’s recent study, Silenced About[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | June 26, 2020 Read More>

Developing a Code of Ethics

This is part of a special series, brought to you by the Standards for Excellence Institute, to provide nonprofit leaders with a brief nonprofit governance and management tip weekly over the course of 2020. We hope these short tips will be helpful to you and the nonprofits you serve. If you have suggestions for future topics, please forward these to acmadsen@standardsforexcellence.org.Back in the mid-1990s, I had the privilege of working with the volunteer taskforce that ultimately developed and[…]
By Amy Coates Madsen | January 30, 2020 Read More>
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NANOE: New Guidelines for Tomorrow’s Nonprofit – A Review

This NANOE review originally appeared on Maryland Nonprofits blog. Read the original post at www.marylandnonprofits.org. Nonprofit leaders who haven’t found the time to make their way through the 111-page nonprofit manifesto released by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) will be forgiven. No worries, I am here for you. I present to you a high-level overview and a short review.There has been some puzzlement and a lot of questions about emails that started[…]
By Melissa Sines | September 07, 2016 Read More>
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Back to Basics: Charity Transparency, Trust, and the Board

The following post about charity transparency was written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Carmen Marshall and is part of our “Ten Years of Advancing Excellence” blog series, celebrating ten years of the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant program. Carmen specializes in performance improvement, ideation and execution, communications, marketing, organizational development, training and executive coaching. As a management consultant, Carmen has helped numerous leaders,[…]
By Carmen Marshall | August 17, 2016 Read More>