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PANO (the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations) is a statewide membership organization supporting the thousands of nonprofits that serve millions of people in the Commonwealth.

While other associations cater to specific nonprofit trades, PANO walks alongside the community benefit sector as a whole. We believe Pennsylvania nonprofit professionals grow better together. PANO is a hub for shared knowledge, experience, and expertise, and a collective voice for public policies that positively impact lives in Pennsylvania.

We support nonprofits through training, best practices, consultation, and discount programs. We amplify their impact through research, public policy initiatives, and advocacy. Accredited by the national Standards for Excellence Institute, PANO imparts and upholds the highest standard of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations.

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Through online and in-person events, we equip nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers with knowledge, fresh ideas and best practices to succeed.

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Upcoming Events

Growing Your Fundraising by Investing in Development Staff

08/06/2024 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Six Critical Policies for Nonprofits

08/14/2024 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Supporting Your Mission with Small Games of Chance – The Do’s, Don’ts, & Changing Laws in PA

08/27/2024 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Finding - and Keeping - Great Talent

09/10/2024 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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Standards for Excellence Racial Justice Cohorts.

PANO is on a mission to assess and improve our Standards for Excellence through a racial justice lens. Our goal is to remove implicit bias from the current Standards language and identify where inclusion can be embedded in the policies and practices.

To that end, PANO has convened 13 assessment cohorts to help lead the change in this important initiative. Thank you to all 97 nonprofit board and staff members who have given their time, energy, and wisdom to this effort over the last year! We look forward to sharing our findings and recommendations from these cohorts later in 2023.

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Annual Collaborative Conference 2024

Join PANO and conference partners Alliance for Nonprofit Resources (ANR), the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP), and Villanova University IN PERSON again this fall for Up in the Air: Shifting Power, Opening Doors!

After last year’s long-awaited “Reunion Special”, we can’t wait to do it again, this time back at our old haunt in State College. That’s right, on September 30 and October 1, we’ll be back at the one and only Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center and we hope to see you there! More information coming soon, with registration opening mid-July.

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Do you have questions about bylaws, fundraising, compliance or other nonprofit management topics? Ask PANO! Our staff and network of experts stand ready to help.

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PANO can connect you with an experienced consultant or facilitator to help you address specific challenges and take your nonprofit to the next level.

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We serve as a unified voice to influence state policy on behalf of more than 27,000 nonprofit employees and 100,000 nonprofit volunteers in Pennsylvania.

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Standards for Excellence

Standards for Excellence® offers tools and resources to support organizations in meeting the highest standards, legal requirements, and regulatory compliance of nonprofit governance, management, and operations. Through the Standards, PANO offers an Accreditation and Recognition process, trainings, and educational resources.

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