Licensed Consultant Training at #1 Ranked Hotel!

June 8, 2015 by

The Standards for Excellence Institute will be offering its 9th Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Workshop on October 26-28 at the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf in Baltimore, Maryland. The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf is ranked as the #1 hotel in Baltimore on TripAdvisor!  We are pleased to have secured an exclusive special rate for Licensed Consultant participants. 

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The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf

Nestled on a secluded cobblestone street in the trendy Fell’s Point neighborhood of Baltimore, and located in a historic building that was once home to a tobacco factory, The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf is an award-winning hotel located on the city’s historic waterfront. Guests can enjoy peace and privacy while still being within walking distance of the shops, taverns and restaurants for which Fell’s Point is so famous.

Overnight guests of the inn enjoy many amenities including a 24 hour fitness center, fresh flowers in every room, and other special services in this retreat-like setting.

If you participate in the Licensed Consultant Training but opt not to stay as a guest at the Inn, not to worry! All attendees of the Licensed Consultant Training program will be treated to an executive continental breakfast on Tuesday, October 27 and Wednesday October 28, and to buffet lunch and snacks all three days of the training. All attendees of the training will enjoy free on-site parking and are invited to stroll along the Wharf’s beautiful marina.

The Marina at Henderson's Wharf

The Marina at Henderson’s Wharf

The Institute is also hosting an evening beer and wine reception and dinner for all attendees at the historic Admiral Fell Inn the evening of Monday, October 26, and an additional beer, wine, and appetizer reception at Henderson’s Wharf on Tuesday, October 27.

Our goal for the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training program is to make it a valuable and enjoyable experience for everyone who attends. Applications for the Licensed Consultant Training program are due on July 13, 2015. Apply today!

Chronicle of Philanthropy Adds Standards for Excellence Checklist to Toolbox

June 5, 2015 by

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has added the Standards for Excellence Self-Assessment Checklist to the Resources and Tools section of their website. The tool can be accessed under the Management and Leadership, and Government and Regulation categories.

“Chief executives, chief operating officers, and board presidents can use this tool to identify their organization’s strengths and weaknesses in such areas as board practices and executive leadership. The checklist is based on the Standards for Excellence Code, a guide to nonprofit governance and management benchmarks,” says the Chronicle’s Eden Stiffman.

Read the Chronicle’s announcement and download the checklist here (subscription required).

Members of the Standards for Excellence Institute can download the checklist from the member portal of our website.

Not a member? Learn about the benefits of membership with the Standards for Excellence Institute or one of our Replication Partners, and join today!

Sealholder Spotlight: Prince George’s Child Resource Center

June 2, 2015 by

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Prince George’s Child Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that offers child and family support services in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In 2015, Prince George’s Child Resource Center completed their third renewal of their Standards for Excellence accreditation. I recently had the opportunity to speak with founder and Executive Director Marti Worshtil about the organization’s history, programs and experiences as a Standards for Excellence sealholder.

What follows is a condensed transcript of that conversation.

Tell me a little about the history of Prince George’s Child Resource Center.

We are a 24 year old nonprofit and operate two centers that provide services to Prince George’s County. In Largo we offer childcare training and early childhood education training, and in Adelphi we have a family support center where we operate the Healthy Families Prince George’s (HFPG) program.

The Family Support Center at Adelphi, MD

The Family Support Center at Adelphi, MD

Can you describe some of the services you provide to your community?

Both our in-home and Center-based family support services use the strength-based model. We believe that every family has its strengths and we are here to build on those strengths by offering parenting education and supportive services that include literacy, job training, nutrition and health education. We also link families to community based services. In early childhood education, everything we do is to improve the quality of early childhood education, so we offer training, mentoring, and on site consultation. We also help people get credentialed as early childhood educators and caregivers in the state of Maryland.

Your organization has been accredited since 2001, and you just renewed your accreditation this year. Can you describe how the Standards has helped your organization over the last 15 years?

Prince George’s Child Resource Center has a long history with Maryland Nonprofits, the sponsor of the Standards for Excellence program. I served on the board for 6 years, and I remember being featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy talking about how wonderful the Standards were. Fifteen years ago Prince George’s nonprofit organizations weren’t on anyone’s radar, but being the first charity to earn accreditation in the county put us on everyone’s radar. Foundations were especially impressed when we attained this status. It benefitted us greatly!

Healthy Families Prince George's (HFPG) program

Healthy Families Prince George’s (HFPG) program

Can you describe a recent situation your organization turned to the Standards for guidance?

When we received the observations from our recent renewal they were right on target. We are presently starting a formal volunteer program. One of our board members who is an attorney asked about being properly insured, and that was addressed in the observations! So basically, I feel very confident that participating in the accreditation program keeps us right on target.

In addition to your recent renewal, are there any other accomplishments you’d like to highlight?

We’ve started a diaper bank! In Adelphi where we provide direct services to parents, we identified that the high cost of diapers represented a significant challenge to the region’s families and there was a fundamental need for support. We’ve partnered with Walmart, got free storage, and kicked off the program a few months ago and have far exceeded our goals. Some of the area’s companies and associations have even organized diaper drives! This service is really fulfilling a need for the families and the response has been great.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center’s mission is to help create healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting their families and educating their caregivers. If you’d like to donate to their diaper bank, volunteer, or learn more about their organization you can visit their website at childresource.org.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center Locations:

Largo
9475 Lottsford Road, Suite 202
Largo, MD 20774
301.772.8420

Adelphi
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
301.431.6210

Watch the Video! ABC27 Harrisburg Features PANO’s Standards 2.0

May 29, 2015 by

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Standards for Excellence Replication Partner Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations was recently featured on ABC27 in Harrisburg for their Standards 2.0 rollout. Read all about it and watch the report here.

If you’re in Pennsylvania, be sure to checkout their upcoming rollout events happening throughout the state.

Congrats PANO!

Leadership: Staff

May 22, 2015 by

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The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute®. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a M.B.A., with a concentration in Public Management, at Hood College.

Thriving and surviving in the nonprofit sector requires human resources and we all strive to bring the most talented individuals into our organizations.  Setting high standards from top to bottom during the staff  hiring and evaluation process, helps ensure that your organization attracts the most competitive pool of applicants poised to move your organization in the right direction.

The hiring process begins by developing well-written, clear job description and postings, where all the requirements of the position are outlined. The clearer the job descriptions, the lower the chances are for misunderstandings. Setting a competitive salary will also help your organization stay in line with the market trends and successfully compete for outstanding candidates. Similarly, upon hiring, all staff members must receive training so that they can understand their roles and responsibilities. It is also  important for staff members to be evaluated on a regular basis, at least annually. As part of the publishing of our 2.0 version of the Standards for Excellence® educational material, the second section of the code regarding Leadership includes three educational resource packets around the subject of hiring, evaluating, and setting salaries for staff, in addition to succession planning. These three educational resource packets focus on the following areas:

Personnel Policies, Employee Orientation, Compensation and Evaluation (updated April 2015)

  • Model Employee Handbook
  • Telecommuting Policies and Checklists
  • Staff roles; Hiring the executive director; Setting the executive director’s salary; Evaluating the executive director’s performance; Maintaining staff other than the executive director; Salary structure and the broader market
  • Featured attachments include: Model Employee Handbook, Telecommuting Policies, Annual Review of Executive Director Form, Executive Director Evaluation Form, Annual Employee Evaluation Form, Compensation Philosophy Statements, Model Review of Organization’s Salary Structure, Compensation Policy

Board and Executive Partnership (updated September 2014)

  • Defining roles of the board and the chief executive; Sorting out board and staff roles and responsibilities; Understanding the line between management and governance; Executive roles and responsibilities; Evaluating the chief executive; Chief executive termination and removal
  • Featured attachments include: Leadership Roles in Management and Governance Diagram, Sample Position Description: Executive Director, Sample Executive Director Evaluation Process Resource Tool

Succession Planning (updated July 2014)

  • Types of succession planning; Preparing for succession, leadership and staff development; Key elements of succession plans and procedures; Hiring a new executive director; Succession planning for board leadership
  • Featured attachments include: Sample Leadership Development and Succession Plan, Board Room Quick Tip, Strategies for Successful Succession

As is the case with all our updated educational resource packets, the documents include sample policies, procedures, tips and other materials (as outlined above) that will guide your organization through the process of developing and implementing essential policies for your nonprofit.

The new educational resource packets are available, free of charge, to all our Standards for Excellence Institute members and can be accessed at this link: http://www.standardsforexcellenceinstitute.org/dnn/Education/Resources.aspx

If you are not a member yet, sign up now to have full access to these educational materials and plentiful others!

Apply Now for 2015 Licensed Consultant Workshop

May 20, 2015 by

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The Standards for Excellence Institute® continues to build a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. We are pleased to offer our 9th Licensed Consultant Workshop, to be held October 26, 27 and 28 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Licensed Consultant Training is an exclusive, professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about, conducting self-assessments, implementing change, and becoming accredited in the Standards for Excellence program.

A full description of the program can be found here. To apply, complete the application for the 2015 Licensed Consultant Training by July 13, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by August 21, 2015.

Congratulations To Our Latest Organizations!

May 20, 2015 by

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The Standards for Excellence Institute would like to congratulate several organizations who recently earned or renewed their accreditation under the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector:

Leadership: Board

May 5, 2015 by

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The following post was written by Issela Sono, Nonprofit Management and Governance Intern at the Standards for Excellence Institute®. Issela has volunteered in various nonprofit organizations in the Maryland and Washington, DC area while pursuing her undergraduate studies in Global Business and Public Policy. Issela is certified in Nonprofit Management from Duke University and is currently pursuing a M.B.A., with a concentration in Public Management, at Hood College.

The success of every nonprofit organization is a reflection of the cohesiveness and effectiveness of a well-managed body of employees, executive director and a well functioning board of directors. The board has a wide array of responsibilities, ranging from appointing the executive director to approving policies and procedures vital to the organization’s sustainability.

Part of the 2.0 version of the Standards for Excellence® code focuses on the role that the board of directors plays in nonprofits. In fact, the section of the Standards for Excellence code pertaining to leadership of the board states:

“Board members are in a position of trust to ensure that resources are used to carry out the mission of the organization… An effective nonprofit board should determine the mission of the organization, establish management policies . . . assure that adequate human and financial resources are available, and actively monitor the organization’s allocation of resources to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission.”

This section of the code has been divided into three subcategories: Board Responsibilities; Board and Executive Partnership; and Board Member Composition and Independence. Each of these includes its own set of best practice benchmarks that nonprofit boards can strive to implement. To help support nonprofits in their efforts to reach for excellence, the Standards for Excellence Institute has developed a set of comprehensive educational resource packets covering the following topics:

Board Member Responsibilities

  • Board member development, orientation and training
  • Board’s governance and fiduciary responsibility; evaluation of its own performance; its legal responsibilities; attendance, minutes, strategic meeting agendas; bylaws and policies
  • Featured attachments include: Sample Bylaws, Board Evaluation, Job Description, Board Orientation Checklist, Board Member Handbook, Board Meeting Minutes, and Board Committees

Board and Executive Partnership

  • Defining roles of the board and the chief executive; sorting out board and staff roles and responsibilities; understanding the line between management and governance, among other relevant subjects
  • Featured attachments include: Leadership Roles in Management and Governance Diagram, Board Calendar Board Room Quick Tip

Board Member Composition and Independence

  • Commitment to the mission of the organization;
  • Board member recruitment and selection; Board Development,
  • Nominating, or Governance Committee;
  • Diversity;
  • Term limits;
  • Compensation, size and board independence
  • Featured attachments include:  Board Development Committee, Board Composition Analysis, Statements on Board Diversity, Family and Business Relationships and Interested Person Independence Questionnaire

As is the case with all our updated educational resource packets, the documents include sample policies, procedures, and other materials that will guide your organization through the process of developing and implementing essential policies for your nonprofit.

The new educational resource packets are available, free of charge, to all our Standards for Excellence Institute members and can be accessed at this link: http://www.standardsforexcellenceinstitute.org/dnn/Education/Resources.aspx

If you are not a member yet, sign up now to have full access to these educational materials and many more!

PA Association on Nonprofit Organizations Rolling Out Standards for Excellence 2.0

April 27, 2015 by

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Standards for Excellence Replication Partner Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) is pleased to announce that they are officially rolling out Standards for Excellence 2.0 to the Pennsylvania nonprofit community.

Beginning in June, PANO will be hosting 5 free in-person events throughout the state. The celebratory events will include presentations on the new code and an extended presentation covering one of the new components of the code, “Strategic Partnerships.” Standards for Excellence Accredited and Basics recognized organization, volunteers, and consultants will be recognized, and here will also be time for group interaction and networking.

PHILADELPHIA
June 2, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Hosted by: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Greater New Jersey
1709 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia PA 19103
Register

HARRISBURG
June 4, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Hosted by: WITF
4801 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111
Register

PITTSBURGH
October, 2015, Time: TBD
Hosted by: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Check Events Listings for updates

ERIE
October 27, 2015, Time: TBD
15th Annual Northwest Pennsylvania Nonprofit Day Conference
Check Events Listings for updates

NORTHEAST PA
Date, Time and Location: TBD
Check Events Listings for updates

2015 LICENSED CONSULTANT WORKSHOP APPLICATIONS OPEN

April 22, 2015 by

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The Standards for Excellence Institute® continues to build a national network of qualified consultants licensed to provide training, consulting, and support on the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. We are pleased to offer our 9th Licensed Consultant Workshop, to be held October 26, 27 and 28 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Licensed Consultant Training is an exclusive, professional development initiative that gives independent consultants the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about, conducting self-assessments, implementing change, and becoming accredited in the Standards for Excellence program.

A full description of the program can be found here. To apply, complete the application for the 2015 Licensed Consultant Training by July 13, 2015. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by August 21, 2015.


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