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  • Current Members | Imagine Canada
    Members Sector Champions Sector Affiliates Members Join Standards Program Public Policy National Engagement Strategy Caring Company Program Knowledge Development Ethical Code Current Members Imagine Canada recognizes its members Sector Champions and Sector Affiliates for their leadership and support in strengthening the charitable and nonprofit sector through their engagement with Imagine Canada Sector Champions List Members List Sector Affiliates List Sector Champions are organizations with a leadership capacity that opt to join at this enhanced level of membership to demonstrate their commitment to Imagine Canada s vision of a strong and vibrant charitable and nonprofit sector Members are Canadian charities and nonprofits that support Imagine Canada s work and vision and want to engage with other organizations in the sector Sector Affiliates are government agencies individuals consultancies and international organizations who want to be connected with Imagine Canada and the work we do on behalf of the sector Become a member Join today Latest Member Profile ABC Life Literacy Canada Inspiring Canadians to increase their literacy skills for a better life October 14 2014 Member Profile Brynn Clarke At ABC Life Literacy Canada ABC we envision a country where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/membership/current-members (2014-10-22)
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  • About the Standards Program | Imagine Canada
    Caring Company Program Knowledge Development Ethical Code About the Standards Program Mission To build excellence within Canada s charities and nonprofits through common standards of practice and to strengthen confidence in the sector Goals Help Canadian charities and nonprofits improve their practices in five foundational areas board governance financial accountability transparency fundraising staff management and volunteer involvement Increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits in these foundational areas Recognize organizations that meet the standards Strengthen public confidence in individual charitable and nonprofit organizations and the sector as a whole The Trustmark The Standards Program Trustmark signals that an organization has demonstrated compliance with each of the Imagine Canada Standards The accredited organization is permitted to use the Trustmark annually for a period of five years contingent on demonstrating ongoing compliance via the completion and submission of an annual compliance report and license fee History We worked in partnership with Volunteer Canada and the HR Council to establish the Standards Program and had many consultations and conversations with leaders of Canadian charities and nonprofits The Program is truly for the sector by the sector This background work began in 2006 We hosted a Standards Forum in 2010 which led to a

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/about-standards-program (2014-10-22)
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  • Standards Program Benefits | Imagine Canada
    example In their own words We work in a sector where best practices sound governance and transparency are keys to success Going through the Standards Program wan an important process for our board volunteers and our staff so they can feed confident about UNICEF Canada We believe the Standards accreditation will be important to our donors as well This is something all charities should be striving to achive Dave Spedding Chief Operating Officer UNICEF Canada It was rigorous and challenging but created the opportunity for our Board to have conversations we may not have had otherwise We are better and stronger for it Sharilyn Hale Governance Committee Chair Canadian Feed The Children The Aurora Cultural Centre sought Accreditation through Imagine Canada to clearly demonstrate our commitment to charitable best practices We look forward to proudly showcasing the Trustmark on our materials and website Laura Schembri Executive Director Aurora Cultural Centre Hear what they have to say Ted Garrard President and CEO SickKids Foundation It s been a great process for us and I can only encourage people to think about it for their own organization Ted Garrard discusses why the Foundation joined the Standards Program and how it was worthwhile for both staff and volunteers vimeo 3 minutes Sharon Wood President and CEO Kids Help Phone In terms of the benefits there is a piece related to donor and stakeholder accountability being able to celebrate and honour the work that has been done to make us a strong and effective organization Sharon Wood talks about her experience with the Standards Program vimeo 7 minutes Ronald McDonald House Toronto wants to be the organization that people choose to work for volunteer with and donate to Accreditation with Imagine Canada s Standards Program is a great demonstration of our commitment to the

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/nos-programmes/programme-de-normes/standards-program-benefits (2014-10-22)
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  • How it Works | Imagine Canada
    the use of the Standards Trustmark and join a growing community of trust leaders Each stage of the process and corresponding fees have been designed with your organization s size and time in mind the process has been very worthwhile It pointed out where we are strong and where we needed work very helpful Eleanor Summer South Okanagan Women in Need Society SOWINS Become an accredited organization by following these four steps Join the Standards Community Get access to the online application tools resources and your community of peers Pay a low monthly partipation fee until your application is submitted to peer review Prepare for peer review Identify and work on the areas your organization needs to fine tune through our Gap Analysis tool Access volunteer coaches from accredited organizations for guidance and advice as you prepare your application Submit you application for peer review Your application goes to a team of volunteer peer reviewers who rigourously review each submission Your application fee is due at this point Accreditiation Once your organization is successfully accredited it is awarded use of the Trustmark An annual licence fee is paid at this time Application Deadlines You pick a deadline that is reasonable for your organization to achieve Prepare your application at your own pace We re always here to answer questions our FAQ s are helpful too Upcoming deadlines March 31 2015 June 30 2015 The time it takes to go from start to accreditation varies with each organization Based on the experiences from previously accredited organizations a timeline of six months to a year can be expected We really worked hard on responding to the Imagine Canada staff review of the submission we made A number of the points they raised challenged us to do developmental work In some cases we

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  • The Standards | Imagine Canada
    Accredited Organizations Standards FAQ Join Public Policy National Engagement Strategy Caring Company Program Knowledge Development Ethical Code The Standards The 73 Standards are focused into five areas Board Governance Financial Accountability and Transparency Fundraising Staff Management Volunteer Involvement Key Resource Standards Program Handbook PDF Contains further details about the accreditation process and explanations for each of the 73 standards To make the Standards Program as accessible as possible the Standards have been categorized into three levels based on the size of your organization Going through the Standards Program gave us the opportunity to update and compare policies against leading practices and provided direction for both board members and staff alike Although the process of ensuring good governance is never complete it s important to provide volunteers with a level of comfort that the organization has a strong framework and the Standards Program does that Deirdre Roberts Past Chair Victoria Foundation Working as a team we were able to increase our organization s transparency and capacity and to strengthen public confidence in KidsAbility Foundation and the nonprofit sector as a whole one of the key goals set forth by the Standards Program Lisa Talbot KidsAbility Foundation Did you know The Standards

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/standards-program/standards (2014-10-22)
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  • Accredited Organizations | Imagine Canada
    Caring Company Program Knowledge Development Ethical Code Accredited Organizations A 7 B 5 C 13 D 1 E 4 F 9 G 2 H 5 J 4 K 2 L 3 M 1 N 3 O 3 P 9 R 7 S 10 T 4 U 10 V 4 W 3 Y 2 A Alberta Children s Hospital Foundation Allergy Asthma Information Association Arthritis Society The Aspen Family and Community Network Society Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support Threads of Life Aurora Cultural Centre Autism Canada Foundation B Bay Area Restoration Council BC Cancer Foundation Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada Bravestone Centre Inc British Columbia SPCA C Calgary Foundation The Cambridge Shelter Corporation Canadian Diabetes Association Canadian Feed The Children Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Newfoundland and Labrador CHHA NL Capacity Canada CARE Canada Cataraqui Conservation Foundation Children s Health Foundation Cridge Centre for the Family The Crohn s and Colitis Canada CultureLink Settlement Services Cuso International D Daily Bread Food Bank E Edmonton Community Foundation Edmonton Food Bank Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver Epilepsy Ontario F FEED NOVA SCOTIA Fondation CHU Sainte Justine Fondation SEMAFO Food Bank of Waterloo Region The Food Banks Canada Food for Life

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/standards-program/accredited-organizations (2014-10-22)
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  • Standards FAQ | Imagine Canada
    Nonprofits that are not registered charities must submit their most recent financial statements identifying their annual average expenses Level 1 Organizations with up to 5 FTE employees and up to 2 million in annual expenses Level 2 Organizations with up to 50 FTE employees and up to 10 million in annual expenses Level 3 Organizations with more than 50 FTE employees or over 10 million in annual expenses How many standards are there How are they organized There are 73 standards for charities and nonprofits to strengthen sector capacity in five fundamental areas Board Governance Financial Accountability Transparency Fundraising Staff Management Volunteer Involvement Can I find out if an organization is in the process of becoming accredited Imagine Canada does not disclose the names of the organizations that are currently applying for accreditation However a complete list of accredited organizations can be found on this website How can I become a peer reviewer All individuals interested in becoming a peer reviewer must be recommended to serve on the Peer Review Panel by the Board Chair or the most senior staff person of a Canadian charity or nonprofit Interested individuals will also be asked to complete an application to be reviewed by the Standards Council If you are selected to serve on the panel you will be required to sign confidentiality and conflict of interest agreements before reviewing applications I believe an organization that has been accredited has violated the Standards What should I do Organizations that have been accredited through the Imagine Canada Standards Program are required to comply with all Standards in order to maintain their accreditation If you feel that an accredited organization is not operating in compliance with the Standards you can register a complaint by completing and submitting our Complaints Form Complaints are reviewed by a Complaints Committee that is at arm s length from Imagine Canada For more information on how to submit a complaint and what happens once a complaint has been registered download our Complaints Policy What is the Standards Trustmark The Standards Program Trustmark signals that an organization has demonstrated compliance with each of the Imagine Canada Standards The accredited organization is permitted to use the Trustmark annually for a period of five years contingent on demonstrating ongoing compliance via the completion and submission of an annual compliance report and license fee What happens after the five year period to use the Standards Program Trustmark has expired After the five year accreditation period organizations are required to re apply to become accredited and enjoy the use of the Standards Program Trustmark During this process organizations must prepare their application submit it for a staff review and if successful to peer review Please note that a previous accreditation status should not be regarded as a guarantee or an indicator of a future successful accreditation How can my organization use and incorporate the Standards Trustmark All accredited organizations have an important role to play in strengthening the recognition for the Standards Program Trustmark and

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/standards-program/standards-faq (2014-10-22)
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  • Federal Budget | Imagine Canada
    new investments in the sector are more likely now than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis Imagine Canada recommends the following Building on the First Time Donor s Super Credit announced in 2013 implement the Stretch Tax Credit for Charitable Giving to promote a culture of ongoing and long term giving Reduce credit card fees for charities to ensure that donors dollars go to charitable causes rather than to credit card companies Continue to expand access to federal business development services so that charities and nonprofits have greater capacity to generate earned income and serve their communities Read our full submission It s not too late to get involved Imagine Canada will continue to advocate for these recommendations during the upcoming pre budget hearings In September we are launching a national advocacy campaign for the Stretch Tax Credit Join us in the effort to increase charitable giving in Canada The Government of Canada plays a central role in funding programs and services that are important to Canadians Its spending priorities are developed annually through the federal budget cycle which is an important mechanism that charities can use to engage government on the issues that affect them most Imagine

    Original URL path: http://www.imaginecanada.ca/our-programs/public-policy/federal-budget (2014-10-22)
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