PREVENT BLINDNESS OHIO RECEIVES STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE CERTIFICATION

COLUMBUS, OH (June 6, 2011)– Prevent Blindness Ohio (PBO) received the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organization’s (OANO) Standards for Excellence Re-certification at The Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards Luncheon at the Ohio Statehouse on May 5, 2011.  PBO was among the first three of Ohio’s 37,000 nonprofit organizations to receive this certification in 2003 and underwent a rigorous “check up” again this past year to maintain the certification for the next five years. 
 
Prevent Blindness Ohio’s award was based upon compliance with a 58-point code of conduct, according to an anonymous peer review process. The goal of the Standards program is to increase the public’s trust in Ohio’s nonprofit organizations and to provide potential donors and volunteers with nonprofits which act ethically and are accountable in their program operations, governance, human resources, financial management and fundraising practices. There are currently 35 Ohio nonprofits that are certified under the program among 43,000 nonprofit organizations around the state.
 
“Adopted in 2001, the Standards for Excellence program is committed to bolstering public confidence in and support for the nonprofit sector.  Through educational materials, seminars and one-on-one training, the Standards promote ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations,” said Jennifer Williams, Executive Director of OANO.
 
“Prevent Blindness Ohio is truly honored to be approved under the Ohio Nonprofits’ Standards for Excellence,” said Sherry Williams, President and CEO of Prevent Blindness Ohio. “We believe this experience has given us the opportunity to examine and enhance our fundamental business values of honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all in an effort to help even more Ohioans in our mission to prevent blindness and preserve sight.”
 
“Being awarded a “Standards for Excellence” recertification seal will continue to give our current and potential donors an added layer of confidence that their support to Prevent Blindness Ohio is invested wisely in an organization that is well-managed and fulfills its obligations to those who benefit from its programs, to contributors and to the public,” continued Williams.
 
About Prevent Blindness Ohio
Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.  Or, visit us on the web at www.pbohio.org or facebook.com/pbohio.
 
Pictured from left to right: PBO Board Members Mike Rowe, Sherry Lewis,
Bill Brown, Sean Whalen, Tom Kalnicki, Russ Kennedy, Sherry Williams
(President & CEO of PBO), Jenny Camper (Board Chair), Linda Martens,
and Betty Montgomery.

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