Mission and History
History of PANO
PANO has been in existence since July 1984. Originally known as the Delaware Valley Council of Agencies (DVCA), the name changed in 1992 when we reorganized as a statewide advocacy organization. PANO moved to Pittsburgh around 1990, and opened a computer lab. The organization went dormant sometime around January of 1994.
1995: PANO was reorganized through the financial and motivational leadership of the Huston Foundation of Conshohocken and the Stewart Huston Charitable Trust of Coatesville. A new Board was recruited and staff was hired to open an office in Harrisburg. A Pennsylvania Economy League study, commissioned by PANO in 1990, served as a roadmap for the setting of priorities.
1995-1997: PANO demonstrated advocacy leadership by facilitating the charity coalition (Charities Build Communities) for passage of Pennsylvania Act 55 of 1997, the Purely Public Charities Act. Pennsylvania's Act 55 incorporated the Federal law for charitable exemptions, with a unique set of Pennsylvania specific requirements. This landmark legislation went on to become a model for other states as they addressed issues around tax exemption and unfair competition issues.
1998-1999: PANO provided a 501(c)(3) umbrella to the BuildPEN Partnership from April 1998 through September 1999. BuildPEN was a partnership of teachers and businesses that wired Pennsylvania schools to the Internet.
2001–2002: PANO became a replication partner for the Standards for Excellence, an Ethics and Accountability program for the nonprofit sector. PANO launched its Standards for Excellence training and certification program for charities.
2004: PANO was awarded the Standards for Excellence Seal of Excellence from the National Institute.
2006: PANO began sending staffers as delegates to the Nonprofit Congress and facilitated a 16-member Pennsylvania delegation. The Nonprofit Congress was a national effort to unify and strengthen nonprofits.
2008: PANO held a Pennsylvania Nonprofit Congress. Over 150 delegates gathered at the Capitol in Harrisburg for a day long session of choosing the agenda for the nonprofit sector in PA.
2009: PANO formed and convened a bipartisan Pennsylvania Nonprofit Caucus to address statewide policy issues. PANO was a leader in introducing legislation to increase the volunteer mileage reimbursement rate.
2011: PANO approves its new mission and vision statements. Standards for Excellence introduces its tiered approach to certification.
2013: Anne Gingerich, MSW, was hired as PANO's Executive Director. PANO assumed sponsorship of the Health Alliance for Nonprofits.
2014: PANO launches the Listening To PA, Listening Tour to learn about the strengths, resources and needs of Pennsylvania communities and nonprofit sector.
PANO currently employs five full-time staff and several regular volunteers and interns. There are 13 board members and seven members of the Emeritus Society. Currently, PANO has over 700 members and 50 organizations hold the Seal of Excellence. Our members provide a wide array of services and represent various regions of the state.
PANO amplifies the impact of the community benefit sector through advocacy, collaboration, learning and support.
We envision a vibrant, thriving community where people realize their highest aspirations.
Anne Gingerich, PANO's new Executive Director, is traveling around Pennsylvania to learn about the strengths, resources and needs of communities around the state. We want to learn how we can best walk alongside you in the great work you are already doing to build thriving communities and neighborhoods.
Learn more on our Listening Tour page...