Standards for Excellence® Institute partners with Social Venture Partners Dallas to assist nonprofits achieve the highest governance and management standards

Standards for excellence licensed consultant

For Immediate Release

August 30, 2023

Contact: Amy Coates Madsen, Director, Standards for Excellence Institute
Phone: 443-438-2314   Email:

Baltimore, MD ̶  The Standards for Excellence® Institute, a nation-wide initiative dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, today announces a partnership with Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas, part of a global network of philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and changemakers dedicated to building their communities. The program will be offered by SVP Dallas’ Nonprofit Impact Institute. As a Standards for Excellence® replication partner, SVP Dallas will bring the full complement of Standards for Excellence® educational resources, expertise, and programming to the nonprofit organizations served by the organization’s 200+ Social Venture Partners (members).

Heather Iliff, President & CEO of the Standards for Excellence Institute, states: “We are excited to partner with SVP Dallas in their work to strengthen nonprofits in North Texas in order to create the greatest possible impact.

North Texas nonprofits affiliated with SVP Dallas of all sizes can benefit from the content-rich training, assessment tools, resource materials, and technical assistance provided by the new SVP Dallas Standards for Excellence® program. The Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector is the centerpiece of the program. It focuses on principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability in nonprofit program operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising.

SVP Dallas Partners bring together a wide range of professional expertise across industries and a passion for addressing the root causes of social injustice in North Texas. Partnering with the Standards for Excellence allows SVP Dallas to continue to support our expert Partners in honing the skills and knowledge they bring to the table in building the capacity of social impact organizations in our community.”

Tony Fleo, CEO of SVP Dallas

Area nonprofits can also benefit from working with the 28 professionals who became Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants by completing an intensive, three-day training seminar held in Dallas from June 6 to June 8, 2023. These Licensed Consultants, working in concert with teams of SVP Dallas Partners, will use their extensive expertise and this new resource to provide SVP Dallas portfolio organizations with additional training, organizational assessments, and assistance with becoming formally accredited through the Standards for Excellence Recognition and Accreditation programs.


Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants for the Nonprofit Impact Institute remarked:

The Standards for Excellence licensed consulting program has developed an accessible and professional benchmark for all nonprofit organizations to follow. I am thrilled to put the standards into practice to enhance the capacity and impact of nonprofits in my community.”   Christine Vu

“I have spent considerable time on frameworks for driving change. These include the Baldridge Quality award, SOX, COSO, ISO9000 and others. The Standards for Excellence training provided insight for application in not-for-profits in a way that is uniquely suited for that purpose. I am very much looking forward to using the expertise codified and available through the program.”  George Ellis


SVP Dallas has begun to incorporate Standards for Excellence® resources into their Social Impact Advising program during this cycle and will be rolling out further resources over the coming months through the Nonprofit Impact Institute. Nonprofits and professionals in North Texas (including Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Wise counties) that are interested in learning more about advising or becoming a Partner should go to or contact SVP Dallas at 214-855-5520 or For more information on the Standards for Excellence Institute®, contact Amy Coates Madsen, Director at 443-438-2314 or

About the Standards for Excellence Institute®
The Standards for Excellence Institute® is an operating division of Maryland Nonprofits that serves nonprofits throughout the nation. The Institute is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. It has a dozen state, regional and national partner organizations, and is supported by 266 Licensed Consultants and 100 volunteers with professional experience in nonprofit governance and administration. Since its inception, more than 200 individual nonprofit organizations have completed a rigorous application and review process to demonstrate adherence to the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. Learn more at

About SVP Dallas

Social Venture Partners is a global network of local Partners aligning passion and purpose helping to build communities able to solve our most entrenched problems. Their focus of helping individuals realize greater impact with their giving, strengthening social impact organizations, and investing in collaborative solutions helps make connections that make a difference and unleash potential. To learn more, visit


Amy Coates Madsen is the Vice President for Programs at Maryland Nonprofits and the Director of the Standards for Excellence Institute. The Standards for Excellence Institute is a program of Maryland Nonprofits where Amy has served for more than twenty-five years. Amy is responsible for leading this national initiative to promote the highest standards of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. She serves as a frequent trainer and writer in the areas of board conduct, program evaluation, program replication, fundraising ethics, and nonprofit management. She has taught courses on nonprofit ethics and accountability at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies Certificate Program on Nonprofit Management.