Habitat for Humanity Niagara Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program

30 May

Habitat for Humanity Niagara today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 230 organizations dedicated to operational excellence.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“It was a worthwhile process for us to undertake,” said Karen Dolyniuk, Habitat Niagara, Chief Development Officer. “Having achieved the accreditation allows our donors, volunteers and staff to feel confident that Habitat for Humanity Niagara is demonstrating excellence in leadership in the charitable sector.”

“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 Canadians’ trust and confidence in the charitable sector,” says Bruce MacDonald, president and CEO of Imagine Canada. “The organizations accredited to date reflect a broad spectrum in size, scope and geography. Each one takes governance, accountability, and transparency very seriously. We’re proud to have them on board.”

The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole.

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 reaccrediation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored through an annual process that requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.

“It is very impressive to have met Imagine Canada’s strict guidelines,” said Habitat Niagara Board Chair, Paul Miller. “Our accreditation demonstrates our commitment to operate at the highest level of accountability and transparency, and in turn, strengthens public confidence. I’m very proud to be a part of this organization.”

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