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Explore the Standards for Excellence Code

Standards Codebook 17 small Explore the Standards for Excellence Code

The foundation of the Standards for Excellence program is the Standards for Excellence Code: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. The Code helps organizations strengthen boards, manage risk, realize new efficiencies, fulfill legal and regulatory requirements or otherwise build capacity to advance their missions.

In 2015 PANO released the 2.0 version of the Standards for Excellence Code! Check out the New and Improved Standards for Excellence webinar recording to learn about all the new and exciting changes!

Educational Resource Packets and Trainings

The 29 Standards for Excellence® educational resource packets provide accurate, up-to-date and legally-reviewed information on a variety of nonprofit topics, including board governance, financial controls, human resources and sample policies. All packets are free for PANO Members and only $15 regular price. You can purchase or download the educational resource packets here

  • Download msword2.0 Educational Resource Packet Overview
    154 K | 10/15/2018
  • Download pdfStandards for Excellence Trainings
    442.97 K | 10/15/2018
  • Download pdfFire/EMS Administrator Course

    The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering this 24-hour Fire and EMS Administrative Officer Course to educate those in administrative leadership positions at volunteer or staffed Fire/EMS organizations on nonprofit management including: managing the business of the organization, board management and governance, managing human resources, risk management, and more. The course is based largely on the Standards for Excellence curriculum.

    298.92 K | 12/3/2018

Free Resources

  • Download XLS FileBoard Evaluation Matrix Tool

    This tool gives you a snapshot of your board's make-up and assists you with board recruitment needs. Many thanks to George Higgins, board member of the Friends of the Railroad Museum in Strasburg, for enhancing the form.

    465.5 K | 10/14/2015
  • Download mswordBoard of Directors and Staff Annual Checklist

    Use this free checklist to ensure your board is fulfilling its operational and fiduciary responsibilities on an annual basis and staff are overseeing operational components.

    41.5 K | 7/11/2018
  • Download mswordFundraising Materials Evaluation Tool

    Review your solicitations and acknowledgements with this free checklist.

    34.63 K | 4/11/2018
  • Download XLS FileFundraising Ratio Calculator Spreadsheet

    Calculate your organization's fundraising ratio using information from your IRS Form 990.

    26 K | 7/5/2013
  • Download pdfFormulario 990 Lista de Cotejo de Relaciones Públicas para Organizaciones 501 (c)( 3)

    La siguiente lista de cotejo provee a la organización un conjunto de directrices clave que afectan cómo el público lee su “historia”.

    565.95 K | 7/8/2014
  • Download pdfForm 990 Public Relations Checklist

    This list is intended for internal use with nonprofit administrators and board members in reviewing the Form 990 from a donor and funder's perspective.

    494.61 K | 11/8/2012
  • Download pdfSummary of Disclosure Requirements on Solicitations and Acknowledgments

    Have you checked your fundraising solicitations and acknowledgments recently to make sure they have the required disclosure statements. Check out this resources that you can incorporate into your fundraising procedures to ensure you “get the disclosures right!”

    128.77 K | 5/6/2015
  • Download pdfThird Party Fundraising Guide

    The Third-Party Fundraising guide contains examples, templates and suggestions to help you create policies and procedures for successful third-party partnerships and fundraising events. We are grateful to PANO volunteer David Walker, for his research and effort in creating this resource.

    383.12 K | 11/8/2012

Quick Reference for IRS Quid Pro Quo Rules

Learn the ins and outs of the IRS rules for properly documenting financial gifts from donors. These rules outline how to properly document financial gifts from donors when low-cost items or items of insubstantial amounts are received by the donor.

Standards Trainings

The Standards for Excellence offers training programs on all aspects of the Standards code. In addition we can provide custom training to meet your organization's needs.

Did you miss a webinar you wanted to attend? Recordings of our webinars can now be purchased!

Contact Tish Mogan | 717-236-8584 |

Thanks to our 2016 Codebook Sponsors!

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Special thanks to the following for their endorsement of the Standards for Excellence Program in PA through their Code Book sponsorship:

Major Sponsor:
PNC Institutional Investments

Guiding Principles Sponsor:
Mckonly & Asbury, LLP
Strategy Solutions

Committed Supporters:
BCF Group
Bee Bergvall & Company
Domenick & Associates
Hamilton & Musser, P.C
Laura N. Solomon, Esquire & Associates
Nonprofit Issues
WIPLI, LLP/Elko & Associates, LTD

How do I access the Standards for Excellence Education Packets?

How to Shop for Standards Educational Resource Packets:

1. Login to PANO's database (please login using your individual account and not the organizations account.)

2. Select the Online Store, from the drop-down navigation at the top. Select Standards for Excellence Educational Resource Packets from the Product Types drop-down menu and click Search. You can also search for an Educational Resource Packet using the Keywords Search Bar.

3. Choose a Packet by clicking on the name. When the details page displays, click Add to Cart. You can add additional packets or other items to your cart by clicking Continue Shopping.

4. When you have added all the items you wish to download or purchase to your shopping cart, click Check Out.

How To Access My Downloaded/Purchased Educational Resource Packets:

1. After checking out, on the thank you page, click on the click here link. This will open the Your Order page and have a link to Download.

2. You will also receive an email with the download link.

3. To access the educational resource packet at a later date, you can select My Orders from the drop-down navigation at the top. Click View beside the transaction and this will open the Your Order page and have a link to Download.

Please note: all Standards for Excellence® materials are copyrighted. PANO goes by the honor code and requests that downloaded Standards for Excellence® materials not be shared with any other organization(s) other than your own. Should another organization be interested in the materials, we ask that you please have them contact PANO staff:717-236-8584.

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