Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, today welcomed the latest group of 17 organizations to join the growing number of charities and nonprofits accredited under its national Standards Program. This brings the total number of organizations earning this accomplishment to 177 since the Program began in 2012.
“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation. It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “The 177 accredited to date reflect a broad spectrum of organizations in size, scope and geography. Each one takes accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”
Newly Accredited Organizations:
Arthritis Research Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna and District
Hamilton Community Foundation
Health in Common
MS Society of Canada
Ottawa Humane Society
Rick Hansen Institute
Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation Inc.
St. Andrew’s Residence, Chatham
Salvation Army in Canada
The Teresa Group
Visions of Independence
YMCAs of Quebec
YMCA of Okanagan
See the full list of accredited organizations.
Standards Program instills confidence among funders
As the sector continues to adopt the Standards Program, corporations, foundations and other funding bodies are beginning to convey the value they see in the Program.
“We ask whether a charity is accredited or is in the process of being accredited through Imagine Canada’s Standards Program, as a fundamental part of our assessment of proposals and funding opportunities,” according to Jan Belanger, Vice-President, Community Relations, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “Most importantly, knowing an organization is accredited means we proceed more quickly and readily to deeper dialogue and engagement with that group.”
“As a foundation, we are increasingly mindful of the importance of good governance practices of the organizations we support. When we see that organizations are either accredited or working towards the Imagine Canada accreditation, we feel confident that they are taking governance very seriously,” says Marcel Lauzière, President & CEO of The Lawson Foundation. “The rigour and credibility behind the Trustmark is an important indicator that has an impact on us as a funder. It tells us these organizations have good governance systems and processes in place to allow them to be successful and sustainable into the future.”
About the Standards Program
The Standards Program awards accreditation to charities and nonprofits that demonstrate compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. The goals of the Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits in these areas, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. Trust is the foundation for what matters to charities and nonprofits, their stakeholders and those who support them. Accredited organizations invest in what matters. They invest in trust.
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 The Lawson Foundation; Supporters and Friends EY.
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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
Nicole Mitchell [médias francophones]
Coordinator, Outreach & Engagement
416-597-2293, poste 305