Lakeside Chautauqua earns Standards for Excellence Certification from OANO

Posted on June 15, 2016

Lakeside Chautauqua has been awarded Standards for Excellence Certification by the Ohio Association for Nonprofit Organizations (OANO). These Standards exist to promote ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations throughout Ohio.

All OANO members are requested to pledge their commitment to the guiding principles; however Lakeside has taken its commitment a step further by applying for Standards for Excellence Certification.

In order to receive this certification, an organization agrees to undertake an in-depth application and anonymous peer review process that ensures they are adhering to the guiding principles.

The Standards for Excellence were adopted in 2001 by OANO and were developed according to fundamental values. They are based on 58 guiding principles covering the following eight areas of nonprofit organizations: mission & program, governing board, conflict of interest, human resources, financial & legal accountability, public accountability, fundraising and public policy & public affairs.

The Standards cover a variety of best practices under these eight areas, including how often an organization’s Board of Directors should meet, what should be covered in personnel policies, how often financial statements should be prepared, and much more.

The Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and staff have been working toward this achievement for three years.

The accreditation process for receiving the Standards of Excellence Certification begins with the application to the Standards for Excellence program. From there, OANO staff members review the application and a peer review team reviews the application and makes a recommendation. If the result of the reviews shows that an organization should receive certifications, the advisory committee meets to award the accreditation seal. Finally, the organization goes through a follow-up and evaluation with OANO.

On May 3, 2016 representatives from Lakeside Chautauqua attended a dinner in Columbus, Ohio where they were officially awarded the Standards of Excellence Certification.