The Standards for Excellence Institute is a national initiative established to promote the highest standards of ethics, effectiveness, and accountability in nonprofit governance, management, and operations, and to help all nonprofit organizations meet these high benchmarks. The foundation of the Standards for Excellence program is an Ethics & Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector which sets high standards for your board, staff, and volunteers and covers topics in: mission, strategy, leadership, legal compliance and ethics, resource development, and more. 

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence is proud to be the only accredited replication partner in the State of Colorado.


As a replication partner, CNE is licensed to utilize all Standards for Excellence program and educational materials and facilitate trainings. At CNE we believe nonprofits are essential to a better quality of life for citizens in our community. The Standards for Excellence program allows CNE to provide a structured approach to building capacity, accountability, and sustainability for nonprofits in the Pikes Peak Region. 

Standards for excellence is getting a facelift!

To stay fresh and current with changing trends in the nonprofit sector, the Standards for Excellence Code is experiencing some updates! The framework has been updated into a more streamlined and intuitive outline. While no benchmarks have been removed, several have been added or moved to reflect more recent thinking in nonprofit management.

At CNE, we are engaging our stakeholders, staff, and the Standards for Excellence Institute to ensure we are providing the best resources to YOU. This includes an in-depth look into how we offer the program and all its resources. If you have thoughts about our Standards for Excellence program, please feel free to provide feedback. In the meantime, we will continue to ensure the information we provide you is contemporary and relevant. Thanks for your patience!

For more details on updated changes and benchmarks, visit the Standards v2.0 page

 If you have any questions, please email or call 719-575-4341.

Disclaimer and Copyright Notice: 

No part of these materials may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any other information storage retrieval system without written permission from the Standards for Excellence Institute of Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations. 

For more information, please contact the Standards for Excellence Institute, 410.727.1726.

The Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector
© 1998-2014 Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations dba Standards for Excellence Institute
Second Edition, 2014