Good Samaritan Shelter earns Seal of Excellence

Photo courtesy of Good Samaritan Shelter Good Samaritan Executive Director Nate Hoffer holds a certificate signifying the shelter's recent earning of the Seal of Excellence. Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations presented the award to the shelter.

PHOENIXVILLE - Good Samaritan Shelter, Inc. has been awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program. Good Samaritan Shelter voluntarily opened itself up to scrutiny by a 'jury of its peers' who examined Good Samaritan Shelter for compliance with PANO's Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.

Standards for Excellence are based on fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability. Good Samaritan Shelter's programs and services, management, fundraising, and financial practices were examined in depth before the certification was awarded.

'Submitting to the scrutiny required for certification under the Standards for Excellence wasn't easy, but was a worthwhile process for us,' said Nate Hoffer, Eexecutive director of Good Samaritan Shelter.'This seal shows we have taken every step to ensure we're serving the community and operating in an ethical and upright way and we're proud to wear it. Good Samaritan Shelter's work on behalf of people experiencing homelessness exemplifies both our dedication to our cause and to meeting the highest standards of ethical practice. We will continue to strive for excellence.'

According to Joe Geiger, executive director of PANO, 'Organizations which are successful in the certification program should be commended for their commitment to excellence and integrity.' PANO encourages organizations to participate in the voluntary certification program because the Standards can help improve your organization.

Geiger added, 'With every new organization that meets the Standards, we move one step closer to the day when the public will feel confident that its nonprofit organizations are acting ethically and are accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management, and fundraising practices.'

The first effort of its kind in the nation, the Standards for Excellence program was developed by a team of volunteers from Maryland's nonprofit community. The program is now being replicated in eight other states: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. In addition, there are two national replication partners: National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management and The Arc. The Standards for Excellence Institute, dba Maryland Nonprofits provides access to this program in all states.

PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the nonprofit sector through leadership, advocacy, education, and services in order to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.

For more information about the Standards for Excellence program or to request a copy of the Standards, contact PANO directly at (717) 236-8584 or visit http://www.pano.org/Standards-For-Excellence/ on the web.

Since 2002, the Good Samaritan Shelter has been serving the needs of homeless men in the greater Phoenixville area. Today, the organization owns five buildings on High St. and provides shelter and services to more than 100 men annually. For more information about the Good Samaritan Shelter visit www.goodsamshelter.org.

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