Standards for Excellence

By Amy Coates Madsen, Director, Standards for Excellence Institute Happy New Year! There are so many things that mark the beginning of the calendar year for me. Choosing or designing a new calendar, enjoying the holiday decorations for a few more days (or perhaps, weeks) after the rush of the holidays is behind us, and generally, having that feeling […]

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Nonprofit leaders who haven’t found the time to make their way through the 111-page nonprofit manifesto released by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) will be forgiven. No worries, I am here for you. I present to you a high-level overview and a short review. There has been some puzzlement and a lot of […]

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Guest Blog by Rob Levit, Licensed Consultant, Standards for Excellence® Institute, www.creativityexpert.com   Art, music, and creative writing are too often overlooked as vehicles for increasing community outreach, stakeholder involvement, and new avenues of communication throughout the nonprofit enterprise. That’s a shame because individuals and cultures leave their mark on the world through creativity, making […]

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By Melissa Sines, Learning & Accreditation Director, Maryland Nonprofits   Every organization is unique and will enter this growth stage on a different time horizon. For some organizations that are well-organized and well-financed may have the ability to make this leap as early as their second year. Other organizations may have been in operation for five […]

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By Melissa Sines, Learning & Accreditation Director, Maryland Nonprofits You just received your 501(c)(3) determination letter and you’re excited and ready to go!  Organizations at the start-up phase are working on some very foundational issues, such as: Developing a mission statement Developing a brand and message to help raise awareness for your cause Defining success […]

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By Allison Albert, Director of Marketing and Membership, Maryland Nonprofits Members often ask whether something that’s happening at their organization is ‘normal’… Thankfully the answer is almost always YES, most organizations move through predictable stages of development – commonly referred to as Nonprofit Lifecycles. Just as people grow-up, organizations “Start-Up” and go through a “Growth” […]

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