National Kidney Foundation of Maryland Granted Coveted Standards for Excellence

Baltimore, MD (September 9, 2003) - The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKFMD) has been awarded the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization's Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards for Excellence certification program. The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland voluntarily opened itself up to scrutiny by a "jury of peers." The peer review team examined the NKFMD for compliance with the Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector. The Standards are based on fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility and accountability.

NKFMD's programs and services, management, fundraising and financial practices were examined in depth before the certification was awarded.

NKFMD is one of the first organizations to be certified under the Standards program that began in 1998.

Larry P. Berger, President of the NKFMD Board of Directors comments, "Submitting to the scrutiny required wasn't easy, but was a worthwhile process for us. The seal shows we have taken every step to ensure we are serving the community and operating in an ethical and upright way; we're quite proud."