Promoting Excellence and Trust in the Nonprofit Sector

Ten Years of Advancing Excellence

 Lydia Alcock
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by Lydia Alcock

Lydia Alcock joined the Standards for Excellence Institute in February 2017, and joined its sponsor, Maryland Nonprofits, in March 2016. She is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Born in England and raised in New York, Lydia moved to Baltimore in 2008 to earn her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. Lydia previously worked at Maryvale Preparatory School, Port Discovery Children’s Museum and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and also has extensive experience volunteering with an animal rescue nonprofit. Lydia keeps busy exploring the Baltimore region and riding her horse, Ace. She lives in Baltimore City with her cats, dogs, and backyard chickens.
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The Standards for Excellence Institute's Licensed Consultant training program is an exclusive professional development initiative for independent nonprofit consultants. The training offers the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with nonprofit organizations across the country interested in learning about the Standards for Excellence, implementing the code of excellence, and becoming accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute. In May 2016, the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Licensed Consultant program celebrated its tenth anniversary. The Institute has been celebrating this milestone with our "Ten Years of Advancing Excellence" series, featuring blogs authored by Licensed Consultants and highlighting various standards outlined in the Standards for Excellence code. The posts below were written by Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultants as part of the series. As we conclude the celebration year of our tenth anniversary, we look forward to the next ten years of excellence! The Standards for Excellence Institute will offer the next Licensed Consultant program in the fall of 2017.  For information on the Licensed Consultant program, visit


Ten Years of Advancing Excellence

Will the Millennials Be Our Next Great Generation of Philanthropists? by Jane Stein

Even Full Plates Can Be Rearranged: 5 Questions To Evaluate A Change In Plans by Susan Detwiler

Fair Compensation, Mission Engagement and Tom Sawyer’s Fence by Elizabeth Galaida

Extending Your Reach Through Public Engagement by Signe Bell

Nonprofit Strategic Planning for Sustainability by Debra Thompson

The Board’s Mission (should they choose to accept it): Empower Their Nonprofit CEO by David Kubacki

Nonprofit Board Effectiveness: Making Every Board Better by Modelling and Monitoring a Culture of Integrity by Bill Musick

Back to Basics: Charity Transparency, Trust, and the Board by Carmen Marshall

Ask a Simple Question for Nonprofit Impact by Elizabeth Galaida

Planning Strategically Through Process Thinking by Arshad Merchant

The Big 4: Transform Fund Development with Exceptional Donor Care by Carmen Marshall