In 2013, Project PLASE was re-awarded the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing accredidation through the Standards for Excellence program. PLASE was originally awarded the seal in 2008.
This ethics and accountability program for nonprofits scrutinizes areas such as sound financial management, compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, human resource policies, governance, board organization, fundraising, organizational transparency, and accountability.
Project PLASE was examined in depth by a peer review team before the certification was awarded. The Standards program in Maryland, which began in 1998, was the first of its kind in the nation, and PLASE was one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program.
According to Peter V. Berns, Executive Director of Maryland Nonprofits, “Organizations which are successful in the certification program should be commended for their commitment to excellence and integrity.”
Project PLASE is exceedingly proud of this accomplishment. The Seal not only validates what PLASE employees and volunteers have been doing for more than 41 years as valuable, but it also demonstrates to those not yet familiar with PLASE that we adhere to the highest standards and strict principles while providing exemplary care and service.