Next Steps | May 31, 2017

Dear NACC Members,

Please find below the next steps in the NACC accreditation process.  The documents contained here are the product of hard work and dedication of the members of the NACC Task Force on Accreditation.  On behalf of the NACC Board, I want to thank everyone on these working groups (listed below) for their time, expertise, effort and dedication to NACC and to this process.

The task force was divided into three working groups:

The Accreditation Process group was tasked with developing “what” we will be asking of potential accreditation applicants. You can see the product of this effort here. In addition, please see an overview Power Point presentation about the accreditation process.

The second working group was to develop a Business Plan to carry out the accreditation process.  View the Business Plan and the Financial Model.

The final working group examined the existing membership structure of NACC through the lens of a potential accreditation process.  The goal was to develop a membership structure that would work for NACC and for accreditation. View the proposal for membership here.

Please review these above documents and send your comments and feedback to the Erin Vokes at by June 20, 2017.  The committees will take this feedback and produce the final documents and plans for NACC accreditation for our business meeting which will take place prior to the NACC conference in Indianapolis, on Monday, July 31, 2017. Register for the conference here.

Thank you very much for your attention to this important new step for NACC and thanks again to the committee members who made it all possible.

The Accreditation Process Committee (Matt Hale, Stuart Mendel, Peter Weber, Heather Carpenter, David Garvey, Alicia Schatteman, Sylvia de Hass Phillips, Julie Turner, Robert Ashcraft.

The Business Plan Committee (Renee Irvin, Wesley Lindahl, M.D. Kinoti, Craig Furneaux, Patrick Rooney, Matt Hale).

The Membership/Accreditation Committee (Maureen Feit, Stuart Mendel, Angela Logan, Renee Irvin, Rob Fischer, Linda Serra, Erin Vokes, Matt Hale).

Introduction | Winter 2016

Since the summer of 2015, NACC and its member institutions have been considering whether or not accreditation of nonprofit and philanthropy programs makes sense for NACC and more importantly makes sense for the field.

Along the way we have held numerous meetings, conversation and an entire summit on accreditation.  We have also produced a good deal of paper.  Some of this paper is formal and scholarly.  Some of this paper is informal and impromptu.  But all of it is important to the discussion of accreditation. 

This page and the links on it are designed to be a depository of the notes, minutes, formal presentation and updates and position papers regarding the NACC accreditation process.  It will continually be a work in progress, but our hope is that anyone interested in seeing the documents and thought processes involved will have a single place to go.

We welcome comments and critiques. We ask for submissions and request forgiveness for omissions.  But most of all we thank everyone from those involved in this process at the beginning to those viewing these documents for the first time for your thoughtful consideration of this vitally important topic for our field.


Matt Hale
Seton Hall University
NACC President