About the Standards for Excellence

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The Standards for Excellence offers tools and resources to empower Community Benefit Organizations (nonprofits) to meet the highest standards of nonprofit governance, management and operations. Download our Fact Sheet

The program includes an ethics and accountability code consisting of 56 standards (outlining best practices and legal components of nonprofit operations), educational resources, training, and two structured implementation programs: the Basics and a voluntary accreditation program.

Applying the Standards for Excellence can be self-guided, structured or a combination. Our group of specially-trained Standards Consultants are also available to assist you. Contact us at 717-236-8584 to design the approach that works best for your organization!


Accredited Agencies List

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As Standards for Excellence Accredited organizations, community benefit organizations listed below are committed to advancing ethics and accountability of operations, as well as that of the nonprofit sector, and have opened themselves to an extensive review process that includes a jury of experienced peers. These organizations have built additional improvements into already well-run organizations throughout the accreditation process. To date, over 50 nonprofit organizations hold the Seal of Excellence in PA and over 200 nationally!

Angels' Place, Inc., Pittsburgh


The Arc of Chester County, West Chester


Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, Reading


CARE for Children, Bradford


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Greensburg


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA, Inc.


Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh


Catholic Leadership Institute, Wayne


Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. , Camp Hill


Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc., Reading


Dickinson Center, Inc., Ridgway


Domestic Violence Center of Chester County


Easter Seals of Eastern PA, Allentown


Elk County Community Foundation, St. Marys


Elk County Council on the Arts, St. Marys


Employment Opportunity & Training Center of NEPA, Scranton


For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line), Blue Bell


Forsight Vision, York


The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Harrisburg


Good Samaritan Shelter, Phoenixville


Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Pittsburgh


Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, Pittsburgh


Keystone Opportunity Center, Souderton


The Learning Lamp, Johnstown


Lifeline of Berks County, Inc , West Reading


Maternal Child and Health Consortium of Chester County, West Chester


NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh


New Hope Ministries, Dillsburg


PANO (Certified by the Standards for Excellence Institute)


PathStone Corporation, Pennsylvania Operations, Harrisburg


Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie


Phoenixville Community Health Foundation


Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation


Real Alternatives, Harrisburg


Sadler Health Center, Carlisle


Soroptimist International of the Americas, Philadelphia


Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Charleroi


Surrey Services for Seniors, Berwyn


Tri-City Life Center Inc., Lower Burrell


United Methodist Home for Children, Inc., Mechanicsburg


United Way of Westmoreland County, Greensburg


Ursuline Senior Services, Inc., Pittsburgh


Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc., Greensburg


Westmoreland Community Action, Greensburg


Westmoreland County Food Bank, Inc.


The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media


Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh


Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Wilkes-Barre


YWCA Greater Harrisburg


YWCA York

Standards Basics Tier

Adams County Community Foundation

Family Support Line

Friends of the Railroad Museum

Mental Health America of Westmoreland County

Open Door Ministry

Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children

Wings for Success