National Accreditation – Where Do We Begin?

Often when people are approaching the accreditation process for the first time, they find the number of steps involved overwhelming and are unclear where to start. If you are able to break it down into seven key steps, the accreditation journey can be much smoother and easier to approach. Choose an accreditor There are a number of factors to consider when selecting an accrediting body, including the fit with accreditation requirements, time necessary to become accredited, costs, etc. Details may … Continue reading

Getting Your Board on Board for Accreditation

Organizations with a corporate governing board (whether a nonprofit’s board of directors or a for-profit’s board of advisors/trustees), should be sure to actively include this group in the run-up to national accreditation. I have often said that having a leadership team embrace the importance of accreditation will not guarantee a successful outcome, but if leadership does not support accreditation, then you are guaranteed to have problems. This correlation extends to board members. One should present the benefits of accreditation and … Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Join a Nonprofit Board Without Directors and Officers Insurance

Directors & Officers Insurance You’re feeling philanthropic; you want to give your time so you accept an invitation to sit on a nonprofit board of directors of a meaningful organization you’ve supported for many years. Then, imagine there’s an allegation against the organization and you’re named in the lawsuit because you’re a member of the board of directors. “Wait, I didn’t sign up for this!” But in reality, you did. Why? Because you’re on the board of directors and are … Continue reading

Electronic Record Systems and Accreditation

Electronic record systems have become the option of choice for many providers. The single most obvious benefit, clearly, is that consumer records are maintained consistently in a clear, complete, and legible manner. When considering organizational productivity and operations, the use of an electronic record system offers several features that can greatly enhance efficiencies and will help support your operational systems: Reminders surrounding due dates such as progress notes, case plan reviews, and reviews surrounding client rights Monitoring of accountability in … Continue reading

Motivating Staff Beyond Money

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” ~Winston Churchill Your organization’s strength lies not just in the mission, but in those who support and promote your goals. How do you ensure that they don’t burn out, and keep them motivated and committed to the mission? How do you inspire staff when it comes to a large project that means extra work is involved, for example, when preparing for an accreditation review … Continue reading

Ready, Set, Grow! – Three Steps to Developing Your Accreditation Plan

The path to accreditation often brings about beneficial organizational improvements that take thoughtful time and preparation to put into action.  Following a clear plan will help your organization efficiently maximize its effort and reach its goals on schedule.  We offer these three valuable tips that will assist your agency during its accreditation journey. Develop a realistic timeline If accreditation is mandated by your state or association, there is likely a clear deadline for earning accreditation. If not, an agency will … Continue reading

What to Expect After your Accreditation Survey?

As legendary baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” While he was undoubtedly referring to the baseball season, his words ring true for the accreditation process, as well.  During an accreditation survey, it is typical for reviewers to provide your organization with notes and recommendations for areas that need to be addressed to meet accreditation requirements.  Therefore, while the accreditation survey may be complete, your agency must now complete the post-survey process.  Listed here are … Continue reading

2016 Blog Recap

Did you miss any of our Accreditation Guru blog posts during the past year? We published nearly 25 nonprofit blog articles; below we have highlighted some of our most popular reads from 2016 that may be worth a second look for your organization as you beginning planning for the new year. Thank you for being loyal followers in 2016. We look forward to providing you with more informative posts in 2017! Here’s to the happiest of New Years! Accreditation What’s … Continue reading

Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body (Part II)

In a recent blog post, we shared with you the significance of cost and timing considerations when choosing an accrediting body. Here we discuss several additional components that should be thoroughly evaluated as your organization chooses an accrediting agency: Fit with accreditation requirements  One of the most important things you can do when assessing an accrediting body is to review its accreditation requirements or standards. If your organization already meets many of the requirements of one or more of the … Continue reading

Cost and Timing: Key Considerations in Choosing an Accrediting Body

Earning and maintaining accreditation is one of the most significant decisions an organization will make.  Accreditation can affect your organization’s policies, procedures, scope of services, and personnel levels, among others, for the foreseeable future.  Which accreditation is most appropriate for your agency?  While there are many factors that must be considered when choosing an accrediting body, two that are consistently at the top of the list are cost and timing. Cost: The three main accrediting bodies, CARF, Council on Accreditation … Continue reading