National Standards Program celebrates some “firsts”

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
126 Organizations now accredited

Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, today announces the latest group of 16 organizations to be accredited under its national Standards Program, including some “firsts”. This brings the total number of charities and nonprofits to earn this distinguished designation to 126 in just two years.

Wilfrid Laurier University achieved accreditation this round – the first university in Canada to do so. Other firsts in their category to earn accreditation are the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (first YMCA); the Winnipeg Folk Festival (first arts festival); and Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine Quebec (first hospital foundation in Quebec).

Newly Accredited Organizations:

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital Foundation
Bissell Centre
CanadaHelps
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine
Health Partners International of Canada
iSisters Technology Mentoring
JVS Toronto
SOWINS (South Okanagan Women in Need Society)
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph
Sport Manitoba
Wellwood
Wilfrid Laurier University
Winnipeg Folk Festival
Women’s College Hospital Foundation
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. These organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”   

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.

See the full list of accredited organizations.

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 Printing House; Supporters and Friends Target Canada, and 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.

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For further information:

Marnie Grona [English Media]
Director, Marketing & Communications
416-597-2293, ext. 244
mgrona@imaginecanada.ca

Diane Ellison [médias francophones]
416-597-2293, poste 313
dellison@imaginecanada.ca