It builds faith and trust.
It demonstrates that the organisation has been carefully assessed against the Nine Principles of Ministry Accountability, and has scored a 100% passing grade. The CMA Standards Council does not attempt to rank or score an organisation. An organisation either meets the standards completely, and is thus accredited, or it falls short. When donors see the CMA Standards Council 'Accreditation' Seal, they can give confidently and generously, knowing that the organisation takes governance, accountability and stewardship seriously.
We are all ultimately accountable to God, but Scripture encourages us to not merely do what is right, but also to be seen to do so:
"taking precaution that no one should discredit us in our administration of this generous gift, for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men." 2 Cor 8:20-12, NASV
The CMA Standards Council is not a 'watchdog' - we are your ministry accountability partner. We work and pray with our accredited partners to help them reach the highest levels of governance, accountability and stewardship.
Here are some the the inquiries CMA has fielded over recent months:
Our board likes the CMA Governance standards, and we think we meet them, but how can we be sure? Is there a means by which we can satisfy our board, and stakeholders, that we really are in conformity with an external set of standards?
We know we're doing the right thing, but just saying so doesn't satisfy everyone. So we would love someone other than ourselves to vouch for us. Then, if people are hesitant to take our word for it, we could simply say, "OK - ask this third party - they will attest to our good practices."
Our foundation is asked to channel donations to various organisations. We don't have a reliable means of assessing the recipient organisations in terms of their governance and stewardship. We've seen the CMA Standards Council standards, and in future, we will preference our distributions to organisations who carry the Standards Council Seal.
CMASC accreditation is our response to these and other queries.
The Standards Council is currently in pilot mode with some specially invited partners, to help us test the systems with live data, and to help us iron out any wrinkles in a test environment. For this reason, you cannot yet apply for accreditation. The pilot program will conclude during 2017, at which time a full launch will take place, and organisations may apply to become accredited.
*The 'Give Confidently' directory will launch in 2017.
Register your interest, to receive an invitation to launch events, and to join the priority queue for when accreditation opens.