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Accreditation for Charities
Accreditation is given to charities and nonprofits that have taken action through the Standards Program to bolster trust with the public by identifying and reducing organizational risk, improving board governance practises, being transparent and accountable with finances and fundraising, and fostering a strong workforce.
The Trustmark is a symbol of excellence and leadership in the charitable sector.
A symbol Canadians can trust.
What are the Standards?
There are 73 Standards that organizations are expected to meet before they can receive accreditation.
The Standards are focused into five areas:
- Board Governance
- Financial Accountability and Transparency
- Staff Management
- Volunteer Involvement
To make the Standards Program as accessible as possible, the Standards have been categorized into three levels based on the size of your organization.
Download the Standards Program handbook using the form below to learn more about the process, the requirements and the standards.
Download the Standards handbook now
Sign in and complete your Standards application
Follow the links below to get access to your online application, as well the online community containing self-assessment tools, resources and volunteer coaches from accredited organizations for guidance.
When you're ready, your application will be reviewed by program staff, followed by a submission to the peer review panel.
Standards Application Form