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Demonstrating Commitment to Nonprofit Excellence

On an organization’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, visitors can view Third Party Ratings, Accreditations, and Awards. Here, potential donors, volunteers, and others interested in nonprofit performance can learn if an organization has received recognition other than the GuideStar Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Seals of Transparency. The Standards for Excellence Institute, a national accreditation that supports organizations in implementing nonprofit best standards, is one of the accreditations listed. Established in 1998 by Maryland Nonprofits, Standards for Excellence accreditation is available to any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) nonprofit that undergoes an independent third-party review of its policies, procedures, and practices.