Imagine Canada, the umbrella for Canada’s charities and nonprofits, today welcomed the latest group of 25 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 150 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 150 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:
Canada Games Council
Canadian Mental Health Association, B.C. Division
Canadian Mental Health Association - Cariboo Chilcotin Branch
Canadian Sport Institute Pacific
Christmas Bureau of Edmonton
Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta
Covenant House Toronto
Essex Region Conservation Foundation
Halton Women’s Place
Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation
Make A Change Canada
March of Dimes Canada
Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo
Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation
Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre
Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada
Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation
West Island Community Shares
YMCA of Greater Moncton
YMCA of Greater Saint John
YMCA of Greater Vancouver
YWCA Metro Vancouver
See the full list of accredited organizations.
Returns on Investing in Trust
Organizations accredited in the early days of the Program are now reaping the rewards from the time and resources they invested in accreditation. In a 2014 survey, more than 80% of accredited organizations said the Standards Program advanced the perceived professionalism and credibility of their organization, resulted in their organization being viewed as a leader among its peers, and allowed them to identify and reduce organizational risk. In addition, organizations like Canadian Feed the Children attribute an increase in donations as a direct result of their accredited status.
“Canadian Feed The Children (CFTC) was accredited in 2013 and since that time we have doubled our major donor leadership gifts and significantly changed our conversations with both donors and other key stakeholders,” says Debra Kerby, president and CEO of Canadian Feed The Children. “And, congratulations to the newly-minted Imagine Canada Standards Program accredited organizations! At CFTC we know first-hand how much dedication and commitment it takes to achieve this high standard of governance excellence, and to maintain it. We also know how much it means to our donors and other key stakeholders and their ability to trust us to steward their support effectively and ethically. Wishing each and every one of you all the best for your exciting journey on delivering governance excellence and all the benefits that come with it!”
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 Printing House; Supporters and Friends EY 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.
For further information:
Stephen Faul [English Media]
Vice-President, Strategic Communications & Business Development
416-597-2293, ext. 308
Diane Ellison [médias francophones]
416-597-2293, poste 313