PANO Standards for Excellence Program


A pregnancy and parenting support organization created for women, Real Alternatives offers services throughout Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. Within the state of Pennsylvania, Real Alternatives has received three consecutive Standards of Excellence accreditations from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO).

PANO offers nonprofits in its state the opportunity to participate in the Standards for Excellence program, which aims to strengthen nonprofits’ business practices while furthering their respective causes. In order to help nonprofits operate at the highest level and ultimately achieve accreditation, the program provides resources that assist organizations with implementing the Standards for Excellence code.

Focused on ethics and accountability, the code comprises six guiding principles that incorporate information related to human resources, board governance, financial controls, regulatory and legal compliance, and a number of other areas. To assess the efficacy of different divisions of the nonprofit, the program offers educational materials in the form of training, checklists, and evaluation tools.

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