Not only does accreditation provide peace of mind for our donors, it also gives us the assurance that we are properly handling the resources entrusted to us.
Sharon DePhillippeaux, Finance & Donor Services at ABWE Canada
CCCC's Accreditation Program for Christian Ministries
A growing number of Canadians look for a charity’s credibility when choosing to donate. The accreditation process enhances credibility through third-party accountability provided by our team.
Our Accreditation Program helps ministries demonstrate:
- Their trustworthiness, mission and overall vision.
- Financial and organizational integrity.
- Transparency and desire to exceed the minimum requirements for maintaining charitable status.
- Commitment to maintaining the highest standards as a Canadian charity.
The charity is committed to the Christian faith.
The charity is governed by an independent and active board, who establishes policies and reviews the impact of the organization’s activities.
The charity is ethical in its fundraising activities and respects the dignity and interests of the donor.
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 financial statements.
The charity upholds the highest standards of integrity, adheres to applicable laws, and operates in accordance with its own governing documents.
Accreditation can help you to…
Inspire confident giving among your donors
As an Accredited Member, you’ll earn the right to display the Accreditation logo on all your promotional materials. This symbol assures donors that you are operating with the highest standards of integrity.
Equip your staff with best practices to improve operations
Regular external reviews will provide your charity with detailed reports containing recommendations and best practices to help you improve your operations.
Demonstrate due diligence to your board
Accreditation assures your board that your charity is taking pro-active steps to improve operations, reduce risks, and obtain a comprehensive review from external professionals.
Connect with new donors who are eager to support Christian charities
As a Accredited Member, you’ll have the opportunity to create a customized profile on giveconfidently.ca, which is regularly promoted to potential donors.
Words from our members
Once again, I'd like to thank the CCCC for the assistance that was provided. I recently emailed a financial question and received a reply within hours. This was a huge help and I was able to furnish our accountant with information which will assist them to understand how charitable organizations are run. You offer many other services, I know, but I've been helped countless times by you to do a better job.
As a first-time executive director, who started in January 2020, I cannot say enough how CCCC has been a lifeline professionally and ministry wise. I have called the CCCC office so many times to ask for help. I have been amazed each time by the thoroughness and wealth of knowledge that the team has. Thank you for the incredible work you do to support ministries such as Mully Children's Family Canada (MCF)!
We value that we don’t have to do the work of research when CRA makes certain decisions – we can rely on the guidance from CCCC. As certain needs arise, we know that we have a friend and connection in areas like policy development, charity law, and trends of what’s happening in the Christian charity sector. CCCC is an incredibly valuable resource.
I appreciate the ability to just call and get to the right person, I never feel rushed by them, and the follow up always exceeds what they say they would do.
The CCCC’s legal and technical advice is always beneficial for us; it's a service we could never afford on our own. They’re like our CFO in a box. It’s critical for Haven to have the oversight we need to be appropriately governed. The articles and advice from CCCC bring to light areas we can improve, and the charity handbook is invaluable.
I appreciate that CCCC is very accessible as a touchstone to confirm my understanding of the law. They have high credibility and I know I can trust their opinion.
“The ‘future’ comes quicker than we expect, but it need not take us off guard. With future planning support from a Christian perspective, and sound market counsel our employees can make decisions and choices in which they can have confidence. The benefit that comes with working with an organization such as CCCC is that they have done the research and work to ensure that the pension plans are competitive, have integrity and help build a secure financial future.”
Financial integrity matters to us at Compassion Canada and it matters to our supporters. We proudly display our Accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Christian Charities so that our more than 100,000 Canadian supporters can give confidently and generously to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.
A short note to let you know how much we, at International Needs Canada, appreciate and value our partnership with CCCC. We especially love having the opportunity of giving our employees access to the CCCC pension plan. Being part of a larger group of organizations is especially beneficial to our employees. They are able to participate in a plan that provides lower administrative fees, which will benefit them on retirement. The employees can easily access their plan online and make their own decisions regarding the investments that work best for them. We are happy to be able to provide the CCCC pension plan to our employees knowing that we are partnering with a trusted organization.
I am learning so much about leadership and governance by serving with the CCCC Board. The example of integrity is a model for me personally and Youth for Christ Canada where I serve as National Director.
- What does it mean to be accredited by CCCC?
Accreditation with CCCC is a powerful endorsement of a charity’s integrity. It demonstrates that the charity has been carefully assessed by CCCC’s rigorous accreditation process and found to be in compliance with CCCC’s Standards. Donors can give confidently and generously when they see the CCCC Accredited Member Logo on a charity’s website.
- Who is eligible to apply?
Any Christian organization that is a registered charity, complies with the CCCC Standards, and has been in operation long enough to have produced 12-month financial statements and a T3010. If you are not sure if you fully comply with the Standards today, you are welcome to submit your application for review and we will provide a detailed report and guidance to become accredited.
- Can churches become accredited?
Yes. Individual churches and denominational offices are welcome to apply for accredited membership.
- What are the benefits of accredited membership?
As an accredited member, you will earn the right to display the accredited member logo on all your promotional materials. The logo assures donors that you are operating with the highest standards of integrity.
EQUIP YOUR STAFF WITH BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE OPERATIONS - Regular external reviews will provide your charity with detailed reports containing recommendations and best practices to help you improve your operations.
DEMONSTRATE DUE DILIGENCE TO YOUR BOARD - Accreditation assures your board that your charity is taking pro-active steps to improve operations, reduce risks, and obtain a comprehensive review from external professionals.
CONNECT WITH NEW DONORS WHO ARE EAGER TO SUPPORT CHRISTIAN CHARITIES - As an Accredited member, you’ll have the opportunity to create a customized profile on giveconfidently.ca, which is regularly promoted to potential donors.
- What are the steps to accreditation?
- How long is the accreditation process?
The length of time it takes to become accredited depends on how quickly a charity is able to comply with the Standards of Accountability. It typically takes CCCC approximately three weeks to review the initial application and respond with a compliance report and any recommendations. The timeframe from that point forward will depend on the outstanding requirements that need to be satisfied and your organization’s speed to implement them. If you have any questions, you can e-mail the Head of Accreditation or call CCCC at 519-669-5137.
- What can we do with the Accredited Member logo?
As a CCCC Accredited member, you may display the accredited member logo on your website, in your charity’s promotional materials, or on inserts accompanying your donation receipts. CCCC provides downloadable print or web versions of the logo. You may also download free promotional material to include with your donor newsletter or donation receipts.
- What is the annual fee for accredited membership?
Please see our membership options page for the current fees. Accredited membership fees are reduced by any fees already paid for affiliate membership in the same year.
- How does a charity maintain its accreditation?
See the steps for maintaining accreditation here, under the heading “Maintain Accreditation.” We want charities to achieve compliance, and we are here to help!
We invite you to discover if Accreditation is right for your ministry. Please provide your information below to receive a copy of our Accreditation Program Guide, including the detailed requirements of the CCCC Standards of Accountability. After receiving your contact information, we will be in touch to answer any questions you may have.