October 30, 2018 – Knowledge Network announced today that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, it joins a community of more than 230 charitable organizations dedicated to operational excellence.
The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.
“Trust is the core value for Knowledge Network. Accreditation by Imagine Canada provides our stakeholders, donors and prospective donors with further assurance that we truly live by this value each and every day” said Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO for Knowledge Network Corporation.
“It’s no small feat for an organization to earn Standards Program accreditation. It’s a rigorous, peer-reviewed process that is meant to build Canadians’ trust and confidence in the charitable sector,” said Bruce MacDonald, President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “The organizations accredited to date reflect a broad spectrum in size, scope and geography. Each one takes governance, accountability, and transparency very seriously. We’re proud to have them on board.”
Knowledge Network’s policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector. Accredited organizations are required to complete full reaccreditation on a five-year basis. Compliance during the accreditation period is monitored through an annual process that requires organizations to submit evidence demonstrating selected standards are being met.
The goals of Imagine Canada’s Standards Program are to increase the transparency of charities and nonprofits, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the sector as a whole.
About Knowledge Network
British Columbia’s Knowledge Network is a viewer-supported public broadcaster exploring the world through its commercial-free television and streaming services. Knowledge Network works in partnership with independent producers in British Columbia and Canada to develop and commission children’s and documentary programs that educate, inform and inspire. For more information, visit www.knowledge.ca