Standards Accreditation and Recognition
The Standards for Excellence program offers three levels of recognition and accreditation to nonprofits that can demonstrate adherence to the Standards for Excellence code. Participating in the Standards for Excellence program is a way to strengthen your organization and set it apart as one that goes above and beyond minimum legal requirements. Organizations that undergo this process experience a dramatic transformation in their management, governance, and operations.
An independent study that measured the impact of achieving Standards for Excellence accreditation showed that accredited organizations raise more money and invest more in their missions than similar, but unaccredited, organizations.
ACCREDITATION IN ACTION
THE DELAPLAINE ARTS CENTER
Accredited since 2003
“The Standards have informed and guided how we operate. They provide a framework to ensure that we never lose sight of why and for whom we exist.” -Catherine Moreland, CEO
THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE
Accredited since 2013
“The seal declares that we are…a well-managed nonprofit organization. It definitely made us stronger in every area.” – Director of Development Jennifer K. Pelton, CFRE