• Data for Change: Nonprofit Leaders Raise Their Voices About the State of the Sector

    Thank you to Tiffany Langston of the Nonprofit Finance Fund for this guest post! History of the

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  • Child Welfare’s Complicated Relationship with the Opioid Epidemic

    You are probably familiar with the ripple effect. The term refers to a sequence of events that is triggered by a particular incident or occurrence. The most common example is dropping an object into a body of water…let’s say a stone in a lake.

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  • How to Engage Staff in the Accreditation Process

    The accreditation process is most valuable when staff throughout the agency are engaged, but this isn't always easy. Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults shares the fun, interactive methods they used to promote the culture of

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  • How to Combat the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences

    Dr. Robert Block, former president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has been widely quoted as saying, “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation today.” That is a statement

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  • My Journey as a COA Volunteer

    A big thank you to Stan Capela of Heartshare Human Services of New York for this guest post! My name is Stan Capela and I have been a COA Peer Reviewer and Team Leader since 1996. By the end of April, I will have completed 112 Site Visits. At

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  • Keeping Our Trauma Therapists Healthy with Vicarious Resilience

    A big thank you to Leslie Chaplin for this guest post! Making the shift from therapist to administrator can be tough.  Being an effective leader is not the same as being a great therapist and many of us get promoted without any formal

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  • How to Conduct a Risk Assessment

    This article was reprinted with permission from the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC), publisher of the RISK eNews.   To say that the term risk assessment has many meanings is an incontrovertible understatement. My Google search of the

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  • 9 Tips for Effective Succession Planning

    A big thank you to Jennifer Flowers of Accreditation Guru for this guest post! As an organization evolves, it will inevitably face changes in leadership. While many of these transitions are anticipated, as when additional leadership roles are

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  • A Visual History of COA

    This year COA turns 40. To honor the occasion, here's a timeline of key milestones that have helped define COA and its role in the human services field.  Infographic by Emily

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  • Help! What Are the Differences Between Accreditation, Licensing and Certification?

    One of the most frequently asked questions we get from organizations, is what the differences are between these three entities: accrediting bodies, licensing authorities, and certification organizations. Commonly there is overlap, but sometimes

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