Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, welcomes 27 charities to the growing number of organizations accredited under its Standards Program. This brings the total number of organizations accredited to 109 since the program began in 2011.
“This is a considerable achievement for these organizations, one they can be extremely proud of,” says Cathy Barr, Acting President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “Strong organizations with strong practices lead to stronger public confidence in the charitable and nonprofit sector as a whole. We recognize all accredited organizations for their leadership in this area.”
The Standards Program is a set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.
Builds excellence and strengthens public confidence
The Standards Program’s goals are to build excellence within Canada’s charities and nonprofits through common standards of practice and to strengthen confidence in the sector. Accredited organizations are awarded a program Trustmark so they can showcase this achievement in their materials, such as tax receipts, program brochures, websites and more.
What accredited organizations have to say about their Standards Program experience:
“The accreditation process alone was a productive endeavour that pointed out areas that needed strengthening within our organization. With donor expectations for accountability and transparency from charitable organizations on the rise, Imagine Canada’s Standards Program accreditation builds confidence among donors and prospective donors, and The Stop is proud to be counted among those organizations who have met these standards of excellence.” – Cheryl Roddick, Director of Development, The Stop Community Food Centre
“We work in a sector where best practices, sound governance and transparency are keys to success. Going through the Standards Program was an important process for our board, volunteers and our staff; so they can feel confident about UNICEF Canada. We believe the Standards accreditation will be important to our donors as well. This is something all charities should be striving to achieve.” – Dave Spedding, Chief Operating Officer, UNICEF Canada
“Our participation in the Standards Program has strengthened our association as it ‘forced’ us to take a very top to bottom review of the key elements involved in running an association and created a benchmark to compare against. I encourage all associations in Canada to participate in this program; there is a lot of work involved and some commitment of resources, but the outcomes will be well worth the effort.” – Leon Mills, Executive Director, Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador
Transparent, peer-review process
Organizations’ policies and procedures in the five areas of the standards are rigorously examined by a panel of volunteer peer reviewers from the sector. Organizations must comply with all standards to be accredited.
Newly accredited organizations
Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation
Bay Area Restoration Council
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL)
Capacity Waterloo Region
Children’s Health Foundation
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada
Edmonton Community Foundation
Good Neighbours Active Living Centre
Junior Achievement of Central Ontario
Mills Community Support Corporation
Northern Lights Health Foundation
One Family Fund Canada
Ovarian Cancer Canada
Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation
Punjabi Community Health Services
Ronald McDonald House Toronto
Regina Transition House
Royal University Hospital Foundation
The Stop Community Food Centre
Toronto Public Library Foundation
University Hospitals Kingston Foundation
The Vanier Institute of the Family
The full list of accredited organizations is available at imaginecanada.ca/accreditedorganizations.
Next Round of Accreditation
The Standards Program is currently accepting registrations for the June 30, 2014, September 30, 2014 and March 31, 2015 intake dates. Organizations that sign up by the early-bird registration date of June 26, 2014 will receive additional free resources and tools. Charities can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register or learn more.
The Standards Program is made possible with the financial contributions from Founding and Presenting Sponsor Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life; funded by BMO Financial Group and The Printing House; and, friends KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.).
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Additional information about the Standards Program is available at imaginecanada.ca/standards.
Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.
For further information:
Marnie Grona [English Media]
Director, Marketing & Communications
416-597-2293, ext. 244
Diane Ellison [médias francophones]
416-597-2293, poste 313