Charities and nonprofits meet high standards
TORONTO - Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada's charities and nonprofits, has added an additional 24 organizations to be accredited under its national Standards Program. This program now boasts a total of 45 organizations that have achieved the distinction of accreditation.
The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to demonstrate their compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. It helps organizations mitigate risk by ensuring that staff and volunteers understand and meet their legal, financial and fiduciary responsibilities.
"There is a sense of a shift among charities and nonprofits as more organizations reach towards self-regulation and a shared set of common standards. We, and the 24 organizations accredited this month are proud to be part of that shift," says Marcel Lauzière, president and CEO of Imagine Canada.
Builds public confidence
Among the Standards Program's goals are the ability to increase an organization's transparency and capacity and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the nonprofit sector as a whole. Accredited organizations are awarded a program Trustmark so they can showcase their achievement in their material, for example tax receipts, program brochures, website, etc.
Transparent, peer-review process
Accredited organizations' policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance have been evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the rigorous, externally established standards. This helps staff focus on the mission of their organization, knowing that potential areas of concern have been addressed and that policies are in place.
Newly accredited organizations
Allergy / Asthma Information Association
Aurora Cultural Centre
British Columbia SPCA
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Feed the Children
Cataraqui Conservation Foundation
Cridge Centre for the Family, The
CultureLink Settlement Services
Food for Life Canada Charitable Corporation
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Healthy Families Healthy Futures
John Howard Society of Ontario
Kids Help Phone
London Health Sciences Foundation
Ontario Lung Association
Pathways to Education Canada
Save the Children Canada
St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation
United Way of London & Middlesex
Whistler Community Services Society
WISH Inc. (Women in Second Stage Housing)
Youth Science Canada
The full list of accredited organizations is available at imaginecanada.ca/accreditedorganizations.