17 May Sunshine Coast Foundation Achieves Re-accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program
Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Sunshine Coast Foundation has been re-accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. With this achievement, we are one of 270 nonprofit organizations across the country dedicated to operational excellence.
The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to help organizations strengthen their operations in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.
“The Sunshine Coast Foundation is incredibly proud to be the first, and only, charitable organization on the Sunshine Coast to earn accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. Accredited since 2016, our successful re-accreditation demonstrates our steadfast commitment to accountability, governance, transparency, and best practices,” says Executive Director, Erin Storey.
About the Standards Program
The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase organizational excellence and transparency of charities and nonprofits, to build resilience and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole. To earn the accreditation, organizations must meet 73 standards in financial management and accountability, fundraising practise, board governance, staff management, and volunteer management.
Peer-review Process and Compliance
Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program. Accredited organizations are required to complete full re-accreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored regularly and requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.
“As we celebrate our 20th year of incorporation, this prestigious Trustmark signals to our generous donors that their donations will be managed with the utmost care, integrity, and transparency. We will maintain these highest standards of excellence as we continue connecting a caring community with causes that make a difference,” says Executive Director, Erin Storey.
For the Imagine Canada press release, please visit their News & Events page.