The Westmoreland County Food Bank is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing their rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program. The Westmoreland County Food Bank voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.” The peer review team examined Westmoreland County Food Bank for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission, Strategy and Evaluation; Leadership: Board, Staff, and Volunteers; Legal Compliance and Ethics; Finance and Operations; Resource Development; and Public Awareness, Engagement, and Advocacy.
PANO evaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. The Westmoreland County Food Bank’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation.
Jennifer Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Westmoreland County Food Bank comments, “The accreditation from the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations confirms the integrity of the work that our organization does on a daily basis. We are proud to have gone through this process, met the necessary qualifications, and as a result, earned the Seal of Excellence, which further demonstrates our organization’s capacity to serve our neighbors and execute our mission.”
“The Standards for Excellence accreditation program demonstrates to the community and the nonprofit’s leaders that effective decisions are being made and that the organization is operating with the highest degree of integrity,” says Marcia Kubas, president of Westmoreland County Food Bank Board of Directors.
“The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust,” explains Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for PANO. “Westmoreland County Food Bank’s Board and staff have shown an extensive level of commitment to this process, and their pursuit of the Seal of Excellence confirms that they believe strongly in promoting a culture of ethics in their operations and governance.” Anne Gingerich, PANO’s Executive Director, Anne Gingerich, adds: “Westmoreland County Food Bank can focus even more fully on advancing their mission of feeding those facing hunger because the Standards set the conditions for their internal systems to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Seal of Excellence is truly one of the ways that organizations can better position themselves to reach their fullest potential.”
PANO is committed to raising the level of principled and responsible practices within the nonprofit sector. PANO is licensed by the Standards for Excellence Institute® to offer a model for organizations to implement in their operating plans so they can gain a deeper understanding of their effectiveness, improve their decision-making and minimize risks.
About Westmoreland County Food Bank
The Westmoreland County Food Bank serves over 7,000 unduplicated households each month. WCFB currently has 66 member agencies in their network of emergency feeding sites. Of those, 44 are food pantries in which low income consumers are able to access emergency food assistance throughout the month. Last year (2019), the Food Bank distributed over 7 million pounds of food. 50% of WCFB’s food comes from the federal and state governments and the remaining 50% from local donations, food drives, and Feeding America™
About Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
PANO is a statewide membership organization amplifying the impact of the community benefit sector through advocacy, collaboration, learning, communication and support services. PANO exists to support the incredible work of the nonprofit sector and highlight the critical role nonprofits serve. By coming together and recognizing our collective value, Pennsylvania communities and the power to do good will thrive. For more information on PANO and PANO’s Standards for Excellence® Program, visit www.pano.org.
About the Standards for Excellence Institute
The Standards for Excellence originated as a special initiative of Maryland Nonprofits in 1998 and has since expanded into a national program to help nonprofit organizations achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations. The program has been formally adopted by ten state, regional and national affiliate organizations, and is supported by 66 Licensed Consultants and over 100 volunteers with professional experience in nonprofit governance and administration. Since its inception, the program has accredited or recognized over 200 individual nonprofit organizations that completed a rigorous application and review process to demonstrate adherence to the Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.