If you're considering accreditation for your organization or would like to learn more about the process and benefits of accreditation, the Council on Accreditation (COA) is the place to start. Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is a sponsoring agency of COA, which means that organizations that are members of LSA are eligible for a 25% discount from COA.
Why accreditation? As the number of charitable and service organizations across the country continues to grow, accreditation is one way to signify that your organization is effectively managing its resources and providing the best possible services to the people you serve.
To help you determine if it will be beneficial for your social ministry organization to pursue accredited status, LSA has partnered with COA, an international, independent, nonprofit, human service accrediting organization founded in 1977. Relying on strong relationships within the field of social service delivery to evaluate the standards and processes that are part of accreditation, COA is at the forefront of the industry, continually monitoring trends and searching for innovative practices, as well as receiving input from its sponsoring agencies such as LSA.
How does the accreditation process work?
COA provides a formal evaluation of your organization against best practice standards. They conduct an in-depth review of your organization, including an onsite visit and a dedicated team of experts to assist you every step of the way. The long-term process is thorough, and designed to provide you with a deeper understanding of your organization and optimizing performance.
Nearly 30 LSA members are currently accredited or in the process of becoming accredited with COA. If you're considering accreditation, learn more by visiting COA's website. To learn more about LSA's partnership with COA and the many benefits of your membership, please visit http://lutheranservices.org/PreferredBusinessPartners.