5 Reasons Behavioral Health Providers Should Consider Accreditation

It seems the interest in national accreditation is on the rise. More and more behavioral health and human services organizations are considering taking the plunge, even when there is no state or local mandate. Why? Here are five reasons behavioral health providers should consider accreditation this year. Accreditation provides an external validation of the quality […]

Accreditation in Action – Guardian Angel Community Services

Guardian Angel Community Services in Joliet, IL is a private, not for profit agency dedicated to helping children and families in need. They recently achieved expedited reaccreditation through COA, and here they outline how they have implemented Accreditation in Action.     Which accreditation does your agency hold and for how long? We were first […]

How to Avoid Adding Ineffective Members to Your Board

A great board of directors can make all the difference between a successful nonprofit and one that cannot get the funding, participation or staff that it needs. The board is the face of the organization, responsible for its success and growth. With such responsibilities, it is imperative that a nonprofit board is made up of […]

10 Steps to Selecting an Accrediting Body

Selecting a national accrediting body is a significant commitment for a human service organization. The commitment goes beyond the initial three or four year accreditation cycle and, in most cases, it continues for many more years, sometimes even decades. Because of the investment in time, money and effort involved, the selection process should not be taken […]

How to Become a Philanthropist

  When you think ‘philanthropy,’ do you envision famous, wealthy people such as Oprah, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg? And perhaps that thought is followed by, “If only I had the money to help.” The good news is that you can be a philanthropist even if you don’t have millions of dollars to give away. […]

Brand Alignment: Part 1 — Start With Strategy

Earning the trust of a local community is tough. Getting people to give of themselves is even harder. Asking donors for money? It’s the ultimate challenge for nonprofit organizations. But, regardless of how hard you work to achieve these things, there is one factor that can either pave your path to success or throw up […]

Why Your Nonprofit Needs an Audit Committee

Creating both a finance committee and an audit committee offers a number of benefits to a nonprofit organization. Not only might it be a legal requirement, such as in New York under the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013[1], but if a nonprofit’s finances are independently audited[2], you should certainly consider having an audit committee to […]

The Art of Taking Minutes

Have you ever been in a board meeting and looked around to see that no one was taking notes on what was being said in the meeting? Or have you sat down at the beginning of a meeting and heard the question, “So, who’s taking minutes today?” Minutes are incredibly important to any board meeting […]

4 Tips for Fun Family Volunteering

Are you trying to come up with some fun and valuable things that you can do with your family? Family volunteering is always worthwhile. It’s a great way to give back to your community, to bond with your spouse and kids, and to show your children the value of doing good things for others. If […]