CARE for Children Honored

CARE for Children was honored for achieving the Seal of Excellence by successfully completing the Standards for Excellence® recertification program through the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) during a special recognition ceremony at PANO’s Annual Conference. Standards certification represents that CARE has demonstrated a deep commitment to organizational wellness and a high standard of accountability throughout their operations and governance.

Executive Director Tina M. Martin and Pediatric Therapy Services Director Ashley Carlson, MOT, OTR/L, accepted the certificate, where CARE was honored in a lunchtime ceremony along with five other Pennsylvania Community Benefit Organizations achieving the Seal of Excellence. Allen Kukovich, Chair of Smart Growth, served as Master of Ceremonies. Allen also served in the PA General Assembly for 27 years representing Westmoreland County. Ms. Martin served as the peer speaker during the luncheon at the conference, and delivered an address touting the continued relevance and universality of the Standards for Excellence as a means to “consistently and continually address organizational health and sustainability.”

Standards for Excellence® offers a robust program designed to help organizations put their values into action, providing a means of structuring work in ways that reflect and reinforce the values of ethical, accountable operations and governance, each and every day. Recent research shows that focus on a culture of ethics within an organization is a vital condition for achieving mission, and ultimately, achieving what is possible for our communities—the Standards provides an effective means to this end. The accreditation process included an evaluation by PANO staff and scrutiny by an anonymous jury of peers who reviewed the organization’s compliance with the Standards. For a full list of the over 50 Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations that are certified to display the Seal of Excellence, please visit: PA Standards for Excellence Certified Organizations

For more information contact Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Officer for PANO, at 717-236-8584 or The Standards for Excellence program, which just celebrated its 12th anniversary in Pennsylvania, was conceived by Maryland Nonprofits, and is known nationally through the Standards for Excellence Institute.

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