New LANO Resource Page Offers Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Posted by: Matt Mullenix
Visit LANO's new resource page offering extensive tools and links to facilitate nonprofits adoption of best practices and principles of operation.
A new resource page available to LANO Friends and Members provides one-click access to the complete manual of Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence (downloadable in PDF, courtesy the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits), along with a matrix of LANO products, discounts and services that correspond to each of ten major principles detailed in this popular model.
Additionally, the new LANO webpage links to complementary information provided by numerous state nonprofit associations, courtesy LANO's membership in the National Council of Nonprofits, a Washington D.C.-based organization that serves as a clearinghouse for resources of value to nonprofits nationwide.
The development of this resource follows LANO's discontinued participation in the Standards for Excellence Replication Partner Program, a fee-based model providing access to a certification seal administered by the Standards for Excellence Institute in Maryland. LANO members having taken part in this program may continue to pursue certification or renew existing certifications directly through the Institute.
In a recent blog post, LANO CEO Ann S. Williamson revisits the Association's experience with the concept of standards certification and introduces the new resource page as a free guide to Louisiana nonprofits as they continue along their own paths to excellence:
"No one doubted then—nor do they now—that nonprofits benefit from aspiring to high standards of excellence and having access to those standards.
"And then, as now, the nonprofit community looked reasonably to LANO for this resource. Our mission is, after all, well aligned with the goals of standards certification: to improve the practice and disseminate the principles of nonprofit excellence across our sector...."
For the work of revising LANO's role in providing guidance to nonprofits who seek standards of best-practice, LANO thanks it conscientious Board of Directors, The Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, LANO's Accountability and Excellence Advisory Task Force (to include Rene Craft, formerly of HOPE Ministries, now with Woman's Hospital), and Business First Bank for the hospitality in offering its statewide video conferencing facilities.