To support your accreditation journey, Imagine Canada offers a spectrum of opportunities depending on your organization’s unique needs, including:
Available to all:
- Certified Coaches - for organizations interested in hiring a trained coach to assist in their efforts to strengthen practice and achieve accreditation.
- Self directed online study - the standards explained in simple terms with related resources to strengthen practices in each area.
Available exclusively to registered participants:
- Volunteer Peer Advisors - provide a helping hand to new applicants from someone experienced with the process.
- Gap Analysis tool - to map your progress through accreditation.
Jump start your Standards Program participation with a Certified Coach
Certified Coaches are uniquely positioned to guide charities through strengthening their practices as they prepare for the accreditation process. These consultants and experienced leaders have gone through an intensive two-day training certification program and an application assessment study provided by Imagine Canada and Carleton University. They are trained in the five foundational areas of the Standards Program. Their fee-for-service support will help you strengthen your practices and prepare for accreditation.
It’s important to know your organization’s needs when thinking about hiring a coach or consultant so you are best positioned to find a good fit. Here are a couple of resources to help you get started.
- Checklist for Choosing the Right Consultant from the U.S. Association of Consultants to Nonprofits
- Working with Consultants: Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence from the Montana Nonprofit Association
|Catherine Gay Douglas
Planning Services, Program & Project Management
|Gay Douglas & Associates
Port Colborne, ON
The following individuals have also been certified as coaches, although they do not offer consulting services. We congratulate their commitment to excellence.
President & CEO, Cystic Fibrosis Canada (ON)
CFO, Cystic Fibrosis Canada (ON)
Linda Brazier Lamoureux
Director, Learning & Innovation, United Way Winnipeg (MB)
Register to be matched with a Volunteer Peer Advisor
Volunteer Peer Advisors can provide experience and guidance as you prepare your application. Once you’ve joined the Standards Community, register for an advisor and you’ll be matched with someone based, in part, on organizational affinity and/or based on specific skill-set requests.
Volunteer Peer Advisors are selected based on their experience in the sector and their first-hand experience working in a number of ways with the Standards Program. They’ll support Program participants by providing clarification on the accreditation process, feedback on your application and supporting materials, clarification of the Standards, and will share examples of policies and processes.
Understand your path forward with the Gap Analysis Tool
Join the Standards Community to access the exclusive Gap Analysis Tool to self-assess your policies, procedures, processes, and related documentation and help you prepare your work plan to achieve accreditation. This is an exclusive tool for Standards Participants only, and will help you visually plan your accreditation.
Access the ‘Standards Explained’ for self-directed learning
As you’re working through your Standards Program application, support your progress with detailed explanations of each Standard. The Standards Explained and resources related to each area of the standards on Sector Source provide context, guides, and best practice for each individual Standard. You’ll know exactly why it’s important and how to best frame your organization’s compliance.