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The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Earns Seal of Excellence

The The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the rigorous Standards for Excellence® accreditation program.

Standards for Excellence 

The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society voluntarily opened itself up to analysis by a “jury of its peers.”  The peer review team examined The Foundation for compliance with the Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, in areas including: Mission and Program, Governing Body, Conflict of Interest, Human Resources, Financial and Legal, Openness, Fundraising, Public Affairs and Public Policy.

PANO evaluates fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability, all of which are inherently important in the nonprofit world. The Foundation’s programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were subjected to in-depth examination prior to earning accreditation.

Heather Wilson, MSW, CFRE, executive director of The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society said, "We are proud to formally achieve the highest benchmarks of ethics and accountability in nonprofit governance, management and operations.  The standards of all of our programs including the Physicians' Health Program, LifeGuard and student financial services deserve this recognition for the outstanding work they do to further the medical landscape in Pennsylvania."

Raymond Truex Jr., MD, chair of The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Board of Trustees said, "The Foundation made a choice to access a deeper and more comprehensive analysis to build a stronger, more effective nonprofit. Our staff spent the last several months working diligently to demonstrate that the Foundation is complying with the principles of Standards for Excellence code. I am proud of the efforts made our board and staff throughout this process, which signifies the dedication of those most vested in our organization."

"The Seal of Excellence is granted to well-managed, responsibly governed organizations that are deserving of the public’s trust," explains Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence director for PANO. "The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Board and staff have shown an extensive level of commitment to this process, and their pursuit of the Seal of Excellence confirms that they believe strongly in promoting a culture of ethics in their operations and governance."

Anne Gingerich, PANO’s executive director, adds, “The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society can focus even more fully on advancing their mission of providing programs and services for individual physicians and others that improve the well-being of Pennsylvanians and sustain the future of medicine because the Standards set the conditions for their internal systems to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Seal of Excellence is truly one of the ways that organizations can better position themselves to reach their fullest potential.”

PANO is committed to raising the level of principled and responsible practices within the nonprofit sector. PANO is licensed by the Standards for Excellence Institute® to offer a model for organizations to implement in their operating plans so they can gain a deeper understanding of their effectiveness, improve their decision-making and minimize risks.

About The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice for more than 60 years. To find out more visit

About Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations PANO is a statewide membership organization amplifying the impact of the community benefit sector through advocacy, collaboration, learning, communication and support services.  PANO exists to support the incredible work of the nonprofit sector and highlight the critical role nonprofits serve. By coming together and recognizing our collective value, Pennsylvania communities and the power to do good will thrive. For more information on PANO and PANO’s Standards for Excellence® Program, visit