MS Society receives prestigious accreditation under the Imagine Canada Standards program
Organization has achieved and demonstrated compliance with more than 70 standards
December 14, 2015 – Toronto, ON – The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is pleased to announce that it has received accreditation under the Imagine Canada Standards, a program that awards charities and non-profits that demonstrate excellence in five areas of operations: board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. This accreditation is the culmination of more than two years of hard work at all levels of the organization to achieve and demonstrate compliance with the 73 standards of the program.
“The Standards Program is a rigorous and challenging process that has given us the opportunity to strengthen our practices and demonstrate once again our commitment to excellence in pursuit of our mission,” says Yves Savoie, president and CEO, MS Society of Canada. “We hope that this kind of public recognition will further support the credibility of and trust in our organization among donors and prospective donors, other stakeholders, and the public in general.”
“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.”
As a result of the accreditation, the MS Society will proudly display the Standards Program Trustmark on its website as well as in communications materials to its stakeholders and constituents moving forward. Currently the accreditation does not extend to the separately incorporated Quebec Division and Quebec Chapters of the MS Society, or the MS Scientific Research Foundation, which are required by Imagine Canada to apply for the program independently. Quebec Division has already commenced the process and is working toward accreditation in 2016.
For more information about the operations of the MS Society, the public may visit mssociety.ca.
About multiple sclerosis and the MS Society of Canada Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world. MS is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system comprising the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. It is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting young adults in Canada. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. The MS Society provides services to people with MS and their families and funds research to find the cause and cure for this disease. Please visit mssociety.ca or call 1-800-268-7582 to make a donation or for more information.
Lindsay Gulin, MS Society of Canada
1-800-268-7582 ext. 3245