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Standards for Excellence
“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
Introducing the new Tiered Approach to Standards for Excellence.
Choose the Strategy That Fits Your Organization’s Needs and Resources: Complete One, Two or Three Tiers to Improve Operations and Engage Your Board and Staff to More Effectively Achieve Your Mission.
- Tier One Flyer and Fees529.23 K | 4/9/2013
- Tiered Approach Flyer (Tiers One, Two & Three)642.76 K | 4/9/2013
- Tiered Approach Fees (Tiers One, Two & Three)665.95 K | 4/9/2013
- Tier One Self Study Application247.18 K | 6/26/2013
- Tier Two Self Study Application201.22 K | 6/26/2013
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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 certification have had positive impacts on their organizations. Thank you to Shire Interactive for producing this video.
About the Standards for Excellence
Learn how the Standards can strengthen your organization: Watch the Standards for Excellence Introductory Webinar
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 Tiered Approach and a voluntary certification 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!
- Do You Meet the Code? Download Our Checklist!211.74 K | 5/21/2013
Certified Agencies List
As Standards for Excellence certified 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 certification 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
Centro Hispano Daniel Torres Inc., Reading
Dickinson Center, Inc., Ridgway
Easter Seals of Eastern PA, Allentown
Elk County Community Foundation, St. Marys
Elk County Council on the Arts, 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
PANO (Certified by the Standards for Excellence Institute)
PathStone Corporation, Pennsylvania Operations, Harrisburg
Pearl S. Buck International, Perkasie
Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, Harrisburg
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
Wyoming Valley Children's Association, Wilkes-Barre
- Tiered Approach Flyer (Tiers One, Two & Three)
- Executive Summary