Fourteen nonprofit organizations are the latest to be certified by the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards of Excellence program, the Baltimore-based umbrella organization announced Wednesday.
Six of the nonprofits are new to the program, while eight others are being recertified. All of the groups were recognized at MANO’s 18th annual conference in Annapolis Wednesday.
The Standards of Excellence program was created by MANO in 1998 as an ethical code for its members. The first of its kind to promote self-regulation in the nonprofit sector, the program provides nonprofits with clear guidance on best practices in operations, while also helping them to achieve the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness.
Certified organizations are required to strictly adhere to eight guiding principles and 55 “rigorous” benchmarks, according to the group’s announcement.
Newly certified nonprofit groups for 2011 are: American Health Assistance Foundation, of Clarksburg; Baltimore Healthy Start; The Family Tree, of Baltimore; Home Builders Care Foundation, of Silver Spring; The Light of Truth Center, of Baltimore; and the Oyster Recovery Partnership, of Annapolis.
Nonprofits that have been recertified are: Abilities Network, of Towson; The Arc of Maryland, of Annapolis; CALMRA Inc., of Beltsville; Civic Works, of Baltimore; Baptist Family and Children Services, of Columbia; Baltimore Health Care Access; Hospice Caring, of Gaithersburg; and Humanim, of Baltimore.
The total number of nonprofits in Maryland that are certified to display the Seal of Excellence was not immediately available, as MANO’s headquarters was closed Wednesday for the annual conference, and officials could not be reached for comment.