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The Standards for Excellence Accreditation and Recognition process provides a disciplined approach to ensuring standards are implemented in your organization. Nonprofits of all sizes and services areas can find an application process that fits their needs.

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


Standards Seal Transparent.r Accreditation

Accreditation provides a proven structure and support for your organization to put all the Standards operations and governance practices in place. Organizations that have completed Accreditation say that the process is transformative, providing a means to creating more engaged boards and a strong foundation for achieving mission. Applicants undergo a three-staged review process to demonstrate that they meet all the benchmarks in our Code of Excellence.

Getting Started on Accreditation & Renewal

Interested in getting started with the Accreditation and Basics Recognition application process? Check out this Standards for Excellence Accreditation and Basics Starter Kit

View this webinar to hear more about how to organize the process internally with board and staff.

1)Complete a Self-Assessment to see the Standards you currently have in place and those that can benefit the work you do! Create an account on the Standards for Excellence Website (under "category" choose Pennsylvania Applicants). Once your account is created, fill out the Self-Assessment Form. Or download the Self-Assessment Checklist.

2) Now that you have created your account and completed the Self-Assessment, you can apply for Accreditation or Basic Recognition! Sign into the Standards for Excellence Online Accreditation Application and follow the instructions. Need more help? Check out the detailed instruction guide.

Interested in exploring Accreditation for your organization? Contact Tish Mogan, | 717-236-8584.

Annual Checklist

Each year, we send the Standards for Excellence Annual Checklist to all Accredited organizations as a guideline for areas to review to continually meet the Standards for Excellence code. Whether or not you’re a Standards Accredited organization, the checklist covers items important for all organizations to regularly review.

Recognition through Standards Basic Legal and Regulatory Review

Stan_basics_transp Recognition through Standards Basic Legal and Regulatory Review

In 2015 Standards for Excellence introduced the new Standards for Excellence Basic Legal and Regulatory Review (Basics). The focus of the benchmarks in this program is around legal and regulatory compliance.

Getting Started on Recognition

Standards for Excellence Accredited Organizations


"There could be no better guide than the Standards program. With a commitment for ethical conduct and accountability, the Standards for Excellence are an agency’s roadmap for reaching its goals. Over the course of many months, board and staff members attended Standards workshops, adopted and amended important governance policies, and conducted a top-to-bottom review of agency operations, procedures and controls.

The Standards for Excellence program is one every nonprofit organization should participate in to give these key stakeholders – board, staff, auditors, contributors, peers – the confidence and peace-of-mind that the agency is committed to the highest standards for ethics and accountability. The guidance, tools and support provided by PANO and its staff as part of the process are invaluable."

-Scott L. Rehr, Executive Director, Berks Connections/Pretrial Services

"It is not an easy task to pass the standards, but with the PANO staff assistance, all who are willing can become accredited. It is a great way to run an ethical and transparent operation. It is also an opportunity to have better results with their grant writing; we have boosted the yes’s from no’s, in receiving local grants from various municipalities."

-Kay Washington, Senior Executive Director, Pathstone

Why Adopt and Ethics and Accountability Program

The National Council of Nonprofits' Tim Delaney calls on nonprofits to create a culture of ethics by adopting an accountability program. Find out why

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