Using the Guiding Principles & Best Practices

Nonprofit board members, volunteers, executive directors and staff are encouraged to study each Guiding Principle and to develop a working knowledge of the Core Elements and Best Practices and to use this document in the following ways:

  • As an assessment tool to gain insight into areas of organizational strength and opportunities for targeted improvement.
  • For strategic decision-making to inform the development of action plans.
  • To encourage conversation among nonprofit boards, staff and volunteers to define roles and establish responsibility.
  • To measure your progress and celebrate your accomplishments.
  • For determining if your organization is ready seek recognition for its hard work by submitting a nomination for SCANPO’s Award for Nonprofit Excellence presented each year at the annual conference.

SCANPO is committed to your success and making sure you have the resources needed to cultivate a culture of best practices that will lead to organizational excellence and community impact.

Additional Information:

SCANPO acknowledges that many nonprofits have taken steps toward excellence by obtaining accreditation or certification as affiliates of parent organizations or networks that have their own performance standards. Other organizations may have boards operating under Policy Governance®, also known as Carver Governance, and their definition of “best practices” will differ slightly. SCANPO’s Guiding Principles & Best Practices are seen as complementary to the work of these other bodies.

This document is intended for legally established 501(c)(3) organizations. SCANPO offers additional resources to help determine when and how to create a nonprofit organization.

Key regulatory references include:

• SC Code of Laws Sections 33-31-202, 206, 830 (a)(2) and (a)(3)

• Internal Revenue Code, Sections 501 (c)(3) and 4958

• Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002