Standards for Excellence®

Build trust with donors. Manage effectively. Operate efficiently. Govern with accountability.

ABN can show you how.

The Alliance for Better Nonprofits fosters a culture of accountability in the nonprofit sector of East Tennessee through the nationally-renowned Standards for Excellence® program. The Standards for Excellence® provides a framework of effective practices for nonprofit management, governance and operations. ABN helps members operate in accordance with the program through:


Download: The Code Book



ABN can assist members in pursuing national Standards for Excellence® accreditation. Obtaining these credentials has proven particularly useful in fundraising, grant pursuits, and recruiting. 

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Organizational Assessment

Put your organization to the test with our Standards for Excellence® Organizational Assessment - FREE to members ($500 value). The confidential assessment is taken online, followed by a one-hour results workshop at no charge.

The process can energize your staff, board, and volunteers by asking for their feedback, and getting a pulse on current initiatives will help you check to see if your resources are aligned with your strategic objectives. 

We'll give you a road map for focusing our training, consulting, and resources on your areas of opportunity. Plus, our team will show you how to leverage the results when approaching donors.



Ready to Get Started?
Contact Elle Benson at or 865-313-2077.