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The Learning Lamp Earn Standards for Excellence Re-certification

Posted on August 16, 2021

Johnstown, PA (August 2, 2021) – The Learning Lamp successfully earned accreditation through the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (PANO) Standards for Excellence® program, which ensures it meets the highest standards, legal requirements, and regulatory compliance of nonprofit governance, management, and operations. The Learning Lamp is the only nonprofit organization in Cambria, Somerset, or Bedford counties to earn the prestigious designation. The Learning Lamp first achieved certification in 2007.

The voluntary Standards for Excellence® certification program aims to empower nonprofit organizations with tools and resources to operate with transparency and at the highest level in nonprofit governance, management, and operations. The program includes an ethics and accountability code consisting of six guiding principles covering 27 topic areas that outline best practices and legal components of nonprofit operations.

Standards for Excellence provides a clear framework for nonprofits to improve operations. It has helped us build a stronger, more resilient organization. I would recommend the Standards process to any organization that is committed to becoming better and wants to ensure future sustainability,” said Dr. Leah Spangler, President & CEO of The Learning Lamp.

The organization not only earned re-certification; it also received a commendation on a thorough and effective strategic planning process. The Learning Lamp is one of only 38 organizations statewide to earn the Standards for Excellence® certification. There are 63,345 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania according to Independent Sector, a national organization that monitors nonprofits in the U.S.

The Learning Lamp is committed to delivering best-in-class services to children, families, and schools. In 2021, its Center for Children at the Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Learning Lamp also holds the platinum rating through GuideStar Exchange, the highest available from the nation’s largest and most trusted charity database. The platinum seal demonstrates a commitment to financial transparency, program impact, and effectiveness.

For more information about The Learning Lamp, visit thelearninglamp.org. 


The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. In 2020, The Learning Lamp served 28,938 youth/adults from 51 public school districts and 36 other schools and organizations in 13 Pennsylvania counties. 

Our programs include: one-to-one tutoring; before/after school programs; portable classrooms aimed at building math and science skills; alternative education programs for at-risk students; evidence-based prevention programs; online learning and credit recovery; SAT preparation; educationally-focused child care; literacy-based preschool programs; and grant writing and project consulting for schools.

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