On October 4th, Dickinson Center, Inc. was presented with the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence re-accreditation program. This accomplishment signals compliance with PANO’s Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.
Dr. William Conrad, a Board Member at Dickinson Center, accepted the Standards for Excellence Accreditation award at PANO’s Annual Conference. Dickinson Center first earned this Seal of Excellence in September 2010.
Dickinson Center’s Executive Director Heidi Thomas said, “I commend our staff for their hard work and dedication to achieving the PANO re-accreditation. This award is another way we’re demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality behavioral health care for the individuals we serve in our region, as well as, living our mission of compassion, excellence and hope.”
Standards for Excellence-accredited organizations have demonstrated excellence in openness, accountability, and efficient management and governing board practices. Dickinson Center’s programs and services, management, operations, Board functions, fundraising, and financial practices were examined in depth before the re-accreditation was awarded.
According to Patricia Mogan, Director of PANO, “Organizations which are successful in the accreditation program should be commended for their commitment to excellence and integrity. 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.”