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Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program
May 29, 2018 – Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North 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 non-profits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.
“Achieving accreditation with Imagine Canada firmly demonstrates our commitment to transparent, professional management and governance,” says Kimberley Woodcock, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North. “We are proud to be a member of the Imagine Canada family and excited to maintain the Imagine Canada Trustmark.”
“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 non-profits, 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 reaccreditation 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.
“This is an important milestone for Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North,” says Woodcock. “We have made an investment to meet the high standards expected of us as we look to build a brighter future for local families with the support of the communities we work in.”
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About Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
Amalgamated in 2014, Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is a nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers and Habitat homeowners we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in our service area, in Canada and around the world. Our region serves communities across central and northern Ontario, including Orillia, Midland, Muskoka, Parry Sound, North Bay and Sudbury. Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity Canada, which was established in 1985 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitatgatewaynorth.com.
For more information:
Chief Operating Officer
Habitat for Humanity Ontario Gateway North
Office: (705) 646-0106 x204 | Cell: (705) 646-5174