With the goal of maximizing effectiveness and efficiency, 15 area non-profit organizations completed training conducted by the Oklahoma Center for Non-profits March 11-12 in the Sam Noble Pavilion.

“This training was a comprehensive program that covers the four pillars for nonprofit management. It focused on mission and values, governance, HR, legal matters and ethics in fundraising. Upon completion, all 15 agencies received the Standards of Excellence certification,” said tobi daniel Ervin, United Way of South Central Oklahoma executive director.

The funding for the training was made possible from the Merrick Foundation, McCrory Foundation and the Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation.

“We feel it is very important for non-profits to stay on top of best practices, and were honored to partner with United Way of South Central Oklahoma to provide this opportunity” said Frank Merrick, Merrick Foundation.

“The United Way of South Central Oklahoma served as convener and worked with all groups involved for several weeks on this project,” Ervin said. “This training provides another level of transparency and professionalism to the wonderful work these non-profit groups are currently doing. The individuals participating in the workshop report the knowledge and skills gained will help them maximize the impact of every dollar the community invests in their organization.”

Dan Kerkstra, Medical Equipment Assistance Program, described the training as encompassing.

“I have gained a vast knowledge to help me with many parts of my business/organization, and am so thankful to have the opportunity to attend,” Kerkstra said.