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Standards Program

Charity Accreditation
Strengthen your organization and showcase excellence through our accreditation program.
The Imagine Canada Trustmark for Accredited Organizations

Why Join the Standards Program

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Invest in credibility and donor confidence with our Standards Program accreditation trustmark.
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Demonstrate excellence and leadership in five key areas of operation:
  • Board governance
  • Financial accountability and transparency
  • Fundraising
  • Staff management
  • Volunteer involvement
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Learn how to identify and mitigate organizational risk, improve governance practices, promote financial transparency and accountability, and foster a strong workforce.
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Join a community of Standards Program members and coaches who can guide you through the accreditation process.
Join over 200 charities and nonprofits who have invested in accreditation.

It's been a great process for us and I can only encourage people to think about it for their own organization.

– Ted Garrard, President & CEO, SickKids Foundation

Donations may begin as dollars, but they grow into life-saving support for children all around the world. Having the Imagine Canada Standards Trustmark allows our board, volunteers, staff and donors to feel confident that we will have the greatest impact possible.

– Dave Spedding, Chief Operations Officer, UNICEF Canada

HOW IT WORKS

Become accredited by following these four steps:

1

Join the Standards Community

Access the online application, resources, and your community of peers. Pay a low monthly fee until your application is submitted to peer review.

2

Prepare for accreditation

Work on the areas your organization needs to fine-tune, and access coaches from accredited organizations for guidance as you prepare your application.

3

Submit your application

Your application is screened by Program staff to ensure it is complete.

4

Your application is peer reviewed

A team of volunteer peer reviewers assess your submission. Your application fee is due at this point.

Once your organization has successfully met the accreditation criteria, you will be awarded use of the Standards Program Trustmark.
Already started your application? Login to access your Standards Program application form.
Standards Program Handbook
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Standards Program Handbook

Imagine Canada’s Standards Program offers a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits.

Fees

Size of Organization
Size of Organization
  • Less than $500,000
  • $500,000 - 2 million
  • $2 - 5 million
  • $5 - 10 million
  • $10 - 25 million
  • More than $25 million
  • $53
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $500
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $500
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
  • $79
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $1,000
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $1,000
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
  • $105
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $1,500
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $1,500
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
  • $131
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $3,000
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $3,000
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
  • $158
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $4,500
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $4,500
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
  • $184
    Monthly Participation Fee
    Payable during preparation phase only (to access Program supports and the online application).
    $6,000
    Application Fee
    Payable when your application is submitted for peer review.
    $6,000
    Annual License Fees
    Payable upon accreditation and annually thereafter.
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Standards Program Sponsors

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