Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact


Standards for ExcellenceŽ Program

The Standards for Excellence Program relies on the Standards for Excellence publication to serve as a model and tool for nonprofit organizations to implement in their operations and governance. Based on fundamental values - such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, compassion, responsibility, and accountability - these Standards describe how nonprofits should act to be ethical and accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising. Eight guiding principles are provided, along with fifty-five standards. Detailed performance benchmarks enable nonprofits to determine how well they are fulfilling their obligations to stakeholders and how to strengthen their operations. All nonprofit organizations are encouraged to commit to and implement the guiding principles of the Standards for Excellence. The Institute also makes available to member organizations a comprehensive system of educational tools to enable individual nonprofit organizations to improve their governance and management practices. Standards for Excellence certification is available to individual organizations through a rigorous peer review process available nationally through the Standards for Excellence Institute and through licensed partners in selected states (MD, PA, OH, and LA). The Institute offers a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards.

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