Hoisted by a Four-Star rating from Family Central, Inc., NOAH’s Building Blocks Family Development Center has earned its “excellence” status, but agency leaders maintain a laser-like focus on reaching higher.
“We are going for the gold,” said Board Member Dorothy Gilbert, one of the founders of NOAH.
Building Blocks is pursuing the top rating from a Children's Services Council/United Way certification program for nonprofit organizations. NOAH completed the first step in a 3- to 5-step process when it became one of 71 agencies to meet a March 31 self-assessment. The next step includes an on-site review of its administrative operations by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
Once completed, a report on NOAH’s status will be generated. If it does not meet standards, step 4 will include development of an improvement plan. Once the plan is completed, Step 5 will include another on-site review and a final report, which will determine that NOAH has met certification standards for sound nonprofit management (the bronze level), Best Practices (silver level) or Excellence in Nonprofit Management (gold level).
There is “absolutely” no pursuit of anything less than the Gold level for Building Blocks, said Gilbert, a retired school teacher. For her, being good is not enough. She wants greatness. And she knows a little something about being great. She recently was named a Great Women of the 21st Century and had her biography published by the American Biographical Institute.
She expresses her intent in direct sentences, much like an athlete training for gold.
“We want to be tops,” she said. “We want to be very outstanding. Our goal is to be tops in the program altogether.”
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