FPS Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

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For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Earns Seal of Excellence  

For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation (FPS) is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. FPS voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.”  The peer review team examined FPS for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.

PANO evaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. FPS’ programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation. FPS is one of only 191 nonprofits nationwide of 1.1 million 501(c)(3) groups and the only nonprofit in Montgomery County, PA with this recognition,

“The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust,” explains Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for PANO. ” FPS’ Board and staff have shown an extensive level of commitment to this process, and their pursuit of the Seal of Excellence confirms that they believe strongly in promoting a culture of ethics in their operations and governance.” Anne Gingerich, PANO’s Executive Director, Anne Gingerich, adds: “FPS can focus even more fully on advancing their mission of serving adult cancer patients and their families because the Standards set the conditions for their internal systems to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Seal of Excellence is truly one of the ways that organizations can better position themselves to reach their fullest potential.”

PANO is committed to raising the level of principled and responsible practices within the nonprofit sector. PANO is licensed by the Standards for Excellence Institute® to offer a model for organizations to implement in their operating plans so they can gain a deeper understanding of their effectiveness, improve their decision-making and minimize risks.

About Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations

PANO is a statewide membership organization amplifying the impact of the community benefit sector through advocacy, collaboration, learning, communication and support services.  PANO exists to support the incredible work of the nonprofit sector and highlight the critical role nonprofits serve. By coming together and recognizing our collective value, Pennsylvania communities and the power to do good will thrive. For more information on PANO and PANO’s Standards for Excellence® Program, visit www.pano.org.

About the Standards for Excellence Institute

The Standards for Excellence originated as a special initiative of Maryland Nonprofits in 1998 and has since expanded into a national program to help nonprofit organizations achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations. The program has been formally adopted by ten state, regional and national affiliate organizations, and is supported by 66 Licensed Consultants and over 100