Celebrating Excellence

Eight area not-for-profit organizations make history as they receive the Standards of Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence at the Anniston Country Club. Today, the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama along with the Standards for Excellence Institute joined with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama, Cheaha Creative Arts, Children’s Services, Community Enabler Developer, Interfaith Ministries, Piedmont Benevolence Center, Public Education Foundation of Anniston, and the YMCA of Calhoun County to acknowledge the successful completion of the accreditation program. The organizations were reviewed by peer teams for compliance in ethics, accountability, advocacy, and a host of other standards. Public Education Foundation of Anniston Executive Director Wonder Osborne, says the accreditation takes her agency to a higher level of accomplishment. She says it was a great effort. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Alabama Executive Director Valerie Shannon says the success of the not-for-profit depends on the confidence of the community it serves. She adds that these standards, practices, and policies that are now set in place will help them to continue their mission. Alabama’s not-for-profit sector generates more than $12 billion annually for the state and employs more than 126,000 Alabamians.

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