About the Standards for Excellence

Learn how the Standards can strengthen your organization: Watch the Standards for Excellence Introductory Webinar

PANO has released the 2.0 version of the Standards for Excellence Code! Check out the New and Improved Standards for Excellence webinar recording to learn about all the exciting changes!

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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 6 Guiding Principles covering 27 topic areas (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!

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Our community of accredited nonprofit organizations can be found in 21 counties throughout Pennsylvania!

Accredited Agencies List

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Standards for Excellence Accredited organizations 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 Community Resources, Butler

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

Dickinson Center, Inc., Ridgway

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

Easter Seals of Eastern PA, Allentown

Elk County Community Foundation, 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

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

PANO (Accredited 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 Support 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


Recognized Organizations | 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