Nonprofits First Certification was established by a coalition of funders and other community partners to strengthen the operational capacity of local nonprofit organizations.

The program helps organizations achieve their mission by overcoming administrative challenges, assuring compliance with mandatory and best practice standards, and improving efficiency. Achieving Certification allows a nonprofit organization to manage risks, identify financial trends, and most importantly to demonstrate accountability and management excellence to funders and other stakeholders.

The Certification process is based on a unified set of administrative standards meeting core federal, state, local and funder requirements. These standards are housed in an online assessment, the P2E™ Toolkit (Pathway to Excellence), which consists of the following modules:

1. Governing Documents
2. Board Governance
3. Strategic Planning
4. Risk Management
5. Fundraising
6. Human Resources-General
7. Volunteer and Intern Management
8. Finance
9. Financial Summary
10. Financial Ratios
11. Independent Contractors/Consultants
12. Credit Card Policies and Transactions
13. Debit Card Transactions

The Certification team provides hands-on assistance and the tools needed for an organization to become compliant with the standards and to successfully complete the Certification process. Compliance with standards is verified by subject matter experts in each area, offering third party confirmation of an organization’s commitment to management excellence.

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The P2E Toolkit is also available as a stand-alone resource for organizations not interested in pursuing full Certification at this time. Call 561.214.7435 for more information.