Certified Charities are regularly reviewed by Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC).
Did you know that there are more than 50 requirements of the five Standards of Accountability?
1. Christian Ministry
CCCC certifies Christian ministries that have demonstrated a commitment to the Christian faith.
The charity’s board members, officers, and key staff annually affirm a written statement of faith that is consistent with the commonly held and historic central tenets of the Christian faith. In addition, the charity publicly declares a Christian mission that guides its values and activities.
2. Diligent Governance
Having an independent, active board helps charities avoid conflicts of interest.
CCCC requires Certified charities to have an active board of at least five members who hold meetings at least twice a year. A majority of the governing board members must reside in Canada and not be connected by blood relationship, marriage, common-law partnership, or adoption.
Board members serve voluntarily, without financial compensation or any other kind of direct or indirect benefits for their services. The board’s many responsibilities include:
- Ensuring that the organization complies with the organization’s governing documents
- Creating policy for the organization
- Ensuring that all necessary regulatory filings are prepared factually, accurately, and remitted on a timely basis
- Regularly review the performance of the CEO/Lead Pastor based on reasonable criteria
- Monitor the effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of the organization’s activities by regularly reviewing program evaluations
3. Financial Oversight and Transparency
The charity demonstrates transparency and proper financial oversight through an independent financial audit, an audit review committee, and public disclosure of its financial statements.
A financial statement prepared by an external, licenced accounting professional is a mark of sound financial practice. Having audited statements helps charities build credibility with the general public, donors, and government authorities.
An audit committee monitors internal financial controls on behalf of the board and provides oversight and direction relating to the organization’s auditing process. This means that the board has direct conversation with the external auditor, and that the board will be alerted to any internal control issues. Having an audit committee ensures that the charity’s financial policies, functions, and responsibilities are fully met.
Certified charities agree to provide a copy of their most recent audited financial statements to anyone upon request.
4. Organizational Integrity
Pursuing integrity isn’t just a matter of staying out of trouble with the law. Certified Christian charities recognize that they are held to a higher standard—they are responsible to Jesus Christ. This influences their attitude toward financial stewardship and the relationships that are cultivated within the ministry. Certified charities agree to be open and accurate in all of its dealings and respect the dignity and privacy of the people it services.
5. Ethical Fundraising
The charity commits to fundraising ethically. Among many other points, these practices include:
- Not paying fundraisers by commission or based on the number of donations received or the value of funds raised
- All fundraising solicitations truthfully describe the organization’s activities for which the donations will be used
- All donations restricted to a particular approved activity are used for the purpose for which they were given, subject to certain specific situations as identified in the charity’s donor restricted gift policy
- The privacy of donors is maintained
- Donors and prospective donors are treated with respect
- Donor complaints regarding any matter that is addressed in these standards is responded to promptly