Standards for Excellence
Standards for Excellence Fact Sheet
- Standards Committee Members
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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.
About the Standards for Excellence
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.
Implementing the Standards for Excellence can be self-guided, structured or a combination. Contact us at 717-236-8584 to design the approach that works best for your organization!
View our 30-minute Standards Certification Process webinar
- Do You Meet the Code? Download Our Checklist!
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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, 51 nonprofit organizations hold the Seal of Excellence in PA and over 200 nationally!
accessAbilities, Inc., Greensburg
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
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
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Pittsburgh
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
Make a Donation
Donate Now to the Standards for Excellence® program. Thank you for supporting ethics and accountability in the nonprofit sector!
“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
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.
Visit the Standards for Excellence Institute home page for more information regarding the program.