Imagine Canada launched today their new Standards Program.  It provides accreditation to certain charities and the standards focus on certain issues such as board governance; financial accountability & transparency, ethical fundraising, staff management; and volunteer involvement. .Charities should look at this voluntary program as it provides some very useful ideas, irrespective of whether one joins the initiative.

Here are the standards:

http://www.imaginecanada.ca/files/www/en/standards/standards_program_handbook_may_2012.pdf

Here is the main page on the Imagine site:

http://www.imaginecanada.ca/standards_initiative