Ve’ahavta Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program


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Ve’ahavta Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standard Program

November 1, 2016 – Ve’ahavta 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 200 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.

“We are delighted that on the eve of celebrating Ve’ahavta’s 20th Anniversary at our Starry Nights Gala, we have this great news to share with our supporters,” says Karen Goldenberg Interim CEO. “Going through the Standards Program provided our staff and board an opportunity to review, refine and strengthen our policies and practices. Being accredited demonstrates our success in having achieved the high standards set.”

“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation,” says Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build public trust and confidence in the charitable sector. These organizations take accountability and operational transparency very seriously. We’re glad to have them on board.”

Investment in Donor Trust

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. Trust is the foundation for what matters to us, our stakeholders and those who support us. Accredited organizations invest in what matters: trust. 

Transparent, peer-review process

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.

Gary Samuel, Ve’ahavta Board Chair, says, “Receiving accreditation from Imagine Canada is key to building and maintaining trust from clients, volunteers, donors and other stakeholders. We are so pleased to have met these standards of excellence.”

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Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty. The organization delivers poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty.

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Anne Ptasznik

Director of Communications

Office: (416) 964-7698 ext. 228

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