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Standards For Excellence
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! You can also attend a FREE Roll Out event! Find an event near you!
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.
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!
- Free Standards for Excellence 2.0 Rollout Events
We are super excited to announce that we have launched the 2.0 version and now Anne Gingerich, PANO's Executive Director, Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director, and other Standards trainers will travel around Pennsylvania to present the new 2.0 code and educational supports. Find an event near you!475.85 K | 5/20/2015
ABC 27 News Report - New Standards for Excellence 2.0
Our community of accredited nonprofit organizations can be found in 21 counties throughout Pennsylvania!
Accredited Agencies List
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
Center for Community Resources, Butler
Dickinson Center, Inc., Ridgway
Easter Seals of Eastern PA, Allentown
Elk County Community Foundation, St. Marys
For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (formerly Crossing the Finish Line), Blue Bell
Forsight Vision, York
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
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
Ursuline Support Services, Inc., Pittsburgh
Westmoreland Casemanagement and Supports Inc., Greensburg
Westmoreland Community Action, Greensburg
Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Wilkes-Barre
Recognized Organizations | Standards Basics Tier
Standards for Excellence
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“I can’t say enough about the greatness it has given our organization to meet each of the Standards for Excellence. Hard work at first because it looks at all internal systems and procedures, but the agency is given guidance, examples, and a lot more during the process and it is well worth it all in the end.~ Kay Washington, Executive Director, PathStone
- Standards Committee Members23.45 K | 7/8/2014
Standards for Excellence Impact Evaluation
- Full Report746.46 K | 11/8/2012
- Executive Summary1.15 Meg | 5/17/2011
Standards Basic Legal and Regulatory Review
Introducing the new Standards for Excellence Basic Legal and Regulatory Review (Basics).
Improve Your Organization’s Operations and Engage Your Board and Staff to More Effectively Achieve Your Mission.
- Basic Legal and Regulatory Review Flyer452.28 K | 10/2/2014
Help Support Our Work with Nonprofits!
Donate Now to the Standards for Excellence® program. Thank you for supporting ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector!
Visit the Standards for Excellence Institute home page for more information regarding the program.
Hear other nonprofit agencies talk about how the Standards for Excellence and accreditation have had positive impacts on their organizations. Thank you to Shire Interactive for producing this video.
- Executive Summary