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Certification FAQs


Certification with CCCC is a powerful endorsement of a charity’s integrity. It demonstrates that the charity has been carefully assessed by CCCC’s rigorous certification process and found to be in compliance with CCCC’s Standards. Donors can give confidently and generously when they see CCCC’s Seal of Accountability on a charity’s website.


Any Christian organization that is a registered charity, complies with the CCCC Standards, and has been in operation long enough to have produced a 12-month audited financial statement and 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 certified.


Yes. Individual churches and denominational offices are welcome to apply for certified membership.


As a Certified charity, you will be able to

  • display the CCCC Seal of Accountability in your publications, donor materials, and website
  • promote your charity on by creating a charity profile
  • receive a risk assessment/compliance report from CCCC
  • receive free inserts to mail to your donors

In addition, you will have access to many CCCC member benefits:


The length of time it takes to certify depends on how quickly a charity is able to comply with the Standards of Accountability. It will take CCCC 2-3 weeks to review the initial application and respond with a compliance report and possible recommendations. The time frame from that point forward will depend on the outstanding requirements that need to be satisfied. If you have any questions, you can e-mail our Manager, Certification or call CCCC directly at 519-669-5137.

  1. Submit a completed certified membership application to CCCC with the required documents and applicant fee.
  2. Allow CCCC 2-3 weeks to review the application and send you a compliance report with possible recommendations.
  3. Notify CCCC when recommendations have been implemented.
  4. If all requirements are satisfied, CCCC will grant approval and provide you with the Seal of Accountability.
  5. Expect a call from a CCCC representative to arrange a time for a field review.

As a CCCC Certified member, you may display the Seal of Accountability 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 Seal. You may also download free promotional material to include with your donor newsletter or donation receipts.


Please see our membership options page for the most up-to-date fee. 


To maintain certification, charities must

  • continue to abide by CCCC’s Standards of Accountability
  • provide an annual confirmation of compliance and selected financial and governing documents
  • allow CCCC to carry out periodic, on-site field reviews to assess their operations

The application is available as a fillable PDF but must be printed and signed after it is completed.

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