Through this rigorous accreditation process, we have demonstrated excellence in board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.
Peer review is also an essential element of the Standards Program, contributing to the rigour and credibility of the accreditation process. All applications for accreditation are reviewed by three volunteer peer reviewers, who then meet with the full panel to discuss and make decisions on a number of applications.
“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.
Launched in January 2005, Imagine Canada is the result of a union of two of Canada’s leading charitable umbrella organizations, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, and the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations, into a single organization that built on their respective strengths of advocacy, research and corporate citizenship. Imagine Canada strengthens and supports Canadian charities and nonprofits so they may better serve and engage individuals and communities here and around the world.