B.C. SPCA receives accreditation status

The B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is among the elite group of Canadian organizations to be accredited by Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for charities and non-profits.

The SPCA received accreditation status through Imagine Canada’s standards program, a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits designed to demonstrate compliance in five fundamental areas – financial accountability and transparency, board governance, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

Only 45 charitable organizations in the country hold Imagine Canada accreditation status and the SPCA is the first humane society to be accredited.

Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the SPCA, said the society’s board of directors, staff and volunteers are committed to upholding the highest standards in its policies and programs.

“The B.C. SPCA is able to help nearly 29,000 abused, injured and homeless animals every year through the generosity of individuals, businesses, foundations and others in the community who support our work,” he said. “It is extremely important to us to be able to demonstrate that these donations are being stewarded as effectively as possible.”

In addition to its Imagine Canada accreditation, the SPCA was one of only six Canadian charities to receive an A+ rating in MoneySense Magazine’s 2012 survey rating of 100 Canadian charities and was named as a Top Charity Pick in 2012 by Charity Intelligence.