Easter Seals Eastern PA Earns Seal of Excellence

First Non-Profit in Lehigh Valley and Poconos to pass rigorous ethics and accountability standards.

Emmaus, PA, July 30, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Easter Seals Eastern PA (ESEP) has been awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO) Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program. Easter Seals voluntarily opened itself up to scrutiny by a “jury of its peers” who examined ESEP’s compliance with PANO’s Standards for Excellence: An Ethics Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.

Standards for Excellence are based on fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability. ESEP’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were examined in depth before the certification was awarded. The Seal of Excellence is granted to the most well-managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organizations that deserve the public’s trust. ESEP is the first nonprofit in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos to be awarded PANO’s Standards for Excellence certification and seal and one of only eight in Berks County.

“Submitting to the scrutiny required for certification under the Standards for Excellence wasn’t easy, but was a worthwhile process for us. This seal shows we have taken every step to ensure we’re serving the community and operating in an ethical and upright way,” says Nancy Teichman, CEO of Easter Seals Eastern PA. “ESEP’s work on behalf of children and young adults with disabilities exemplifies both our dedication to our cause and to meeting the highest standards of ethical practice. We will continue to strive for excellence.”

With the current state of the economy, people are thinking long and hard on where to direct their charitable giving. The PANO seal allows prospective donors to know that when they make a contribution to Easter Seals Eastern PA, their hard earned dollars will be spent wisely.

“Organizations which are successful in the certification program should be commended for their commitment to excellence and integrity,” says Joe Geiger, Executive Director of PANO. “With every new organization that meets the Standards, we move one step closer to the day when the public will feel confident that its nonprofit organizations are acting ethically and are accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising practices.”

About Easter Seals Eastern PA

Easter Seals brings help, hope and answers to adults and children with physical disabilities and developmental delays through in-home and center-based occupational, speech and physical therapy. For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has offered assessment, treatment, family support and community education, assisted children and adults living with disabilities -- and the families who love them -- to lead healthy, productive lives.

Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania annually provides services to more than 3,000 children and young adults in a seven-county region that encompasses Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Schuylkill Counties. Easter Seals implements programs and services through three regional offices located in Bethlehem, East Stroudsburg, and Reading with all operations coordinated through the administrative office located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Easter Seals Eastern PA proudly displays the Seal of Excellence—awarded by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations. This certification is bestowed only to the most well-managed and responsibly governed nonprofit organizations.

Nationally, Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical and mental disabilities, and other special needs.

About PANO

PANO is the statewide membership organization servicing and advancing the nonprofit sector through leadership, advocacy, education and services in order to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.

For more information and the Standards for Excellence program or to request a copy of the Standards visit http://www.pano.org/standards/standards.php on the web.

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