We are proud to announce that CQL has received the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations Seal of Excellence for a second time. This Seal designates successful compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: an Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector,which includes eight areas ofnonprofit operations: Mission and Program; Governing Body; Conflict of Interest; Human Resources; Financial and Legal; Openness; Public Affairs and Public Policy. A group of independent peer reviewers completed an ethics review of our organizational and operational practices, daily work and accomplishments. We passed the review with excellence! The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that deserve the public’s trust.
“We are thrilled that CQL has received re-certification from the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards of Excellence program. This rigorous process helps CQL look at every area of our organization to ensure that our services and processes are of the highest caliber,” Cathy Ficker Terrill, President and CEO.
To ensure supporters understand the depth of this accomplishment, below are a few highlights of the Seal:
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol for trust.
Organizations bearing the Seal of Excellence abide by the law and go beyond the minimum requirements set forth by government standards and regulations.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol for excellence in nonprofit management.
Organizations bearing the Seal of Excellence are guided by a well-defined mission, have evaluation systems in place to measure the effectiveness of their programs, and adhere to sound financial management policies.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol for excellence in leadership.
A volunteer Board of Directors that accepts responsibility for overseeing organization’s mission, policies, programs, human and financial resources, leads organizations bearing the Seal of Excellence.
The Seal of Excellence is a symbol for transparency and disclosure in nonprofits.
Organizations bearing the Seal of Excellence have information available to the public, provide truthfulresponsible stewardship of all donations, and provide a voice for their constituents.
CQL’s Vice President and COO, Sylvia Nudler, received the award from Maryland Nonprofits Board Chair Tom Hyatt and Melissa Sines, Certification Manager for the Standards of Excellence.