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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Here's What People are Saying about Standards for Excellence®

Standards for Excellence® Testimonials

Standards for Excellence® at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is a customized ethics training program for nonprofits and philanthropists in the Social Sector. We offer a two-day Clinic Series as part of our Standards for Excellence program. The Clinic Series is a deep dive into the Standards for Excellence Code, and provides organizations with step-by-step guidelines to achieve a well-managed and responsibly governed organization. Below are testimonials from people who have completed this two day training.

"Not just a training about rules and consequences. To me that is the minimum standard. This training went well beyond that. You might not think that succession planning is an ethical issue issue but it is….Making sure an organization is engaged in appropriate advocacy affects your clients, your mission, your agency; it is [an ethical issue]."

-Chris Wilder, CEO, Valley Medical Center Foundation

"I really enjoyed the program.  I’m very excited about using this program operationally in my nonprofit.  We work with nonprofits everyday and it [Standards for Excellence] is like a roadmap for best practices in the nonprofit community.  [It provides] great guidelines that can really make you feel that you’re reaching all the standards that you’d hope to in your organization.

I would definitely recommend this to other nonprofits.  I think that leadership--whether it’s executive director level or boards--should look at this program.  It is something that if you invest in this program long term, your organization will benefit, not only will your organization benefit but the people you’re serving as well as donors who donate to your organization.  

Take a look at this program.  It is fantastic. It has standards and guidelines that will walk you through every piece of the nonprofit organization and help you figure out what the best standards are that you can put in place.  I would highly recommend it. It is worth investing in."

-Larissa Robideaux, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits

"The content [of the training] was ideally organized with just the right amount of information to make it applicable, relevant, and useful.  Time seemed to fly, which is a good indication that while long in hours, the training was well-paced.  Loved the code of ethics and binder [of materials].  The training exceed my expectations in every way."

-Sergio Lopez, Manager of Direct Appeal, Development Individual Giving, Santa Clara University

"Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Investment Program participated in the Markkula Center’s Standards of Excellence training; it was impressive. The teaching staff was excellent and content was delivered in an engaging and thoughtful manner that held the audience’s attention over two full days! There are two aspects of the training that I found especially unique. First, each organization walked away with its own ethical overlay to use in all aspects of operations. Second, the online library of resources that is available to participating organizations is unparalleled; I have never before seen one repository where you can find templates for anything you can think of related to a nonprofit organization, from strategic planning to board development to public policy. I was delighted for our partners to be the first to experience the training through Markkula Center, and I encourage other organizations to make the commitment to do so – your organization will be better for it!"

-Michelle Fries, Director, Nonprofit Investment Program, Silicon Valley Community Foundation


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