Our Organization

Personal and Professional Integrity

All board members, employees, and volunteers of The Canadian Coptic Centre will act with honesty, integrity, and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization. The Canadian Coptic Centre promotes a working environment that values respect, fairness, and integrity. This will be accomplished through such things as board orientation manuals, employee handbooks, and volunteer training.

Responsible Stewardship

The Canadian Coptic Centre manages its funds responsibly and prudently.  The funds are adequately divided on the following:

A.   On programs in pursuance of our mission, meeting and striving to exceed industry standards. 

B.    An amount is allocated towards administrative expenses to ensure effective accounting systems, internal controls, competent staff, and other expenditures critical to professional management.

C.    An amount will be used to compensate employees, and any others who may receive compensation, such as consultants, reasonably and appropriately.

D.    An amount will help maintain reasonable fundraising costs, meeting and striving to exceed industry standards.

E.    We will not accumulate operating funds excessively.

F.    We are building our endowment to provide for the future of the organization and will prudently draw from endowment funds consistent with donor intent and to support the public purpose of the organization.

G.    We will ensure that all spending practices and policies are fair, reasonable and appropriate to fulfill the mission of the CCC.

H.   We will ensure that all financial reports are factually accurate and complete in all material respects.

Openness and Disclosure

The Canadian Coptic Centre will provide comprehensive and timely information to the public, the media, and all stakeholders and will be responsive in a timely manner to reasonable requests for information. Basic informational data about The Canadian Coptic Centre will be posted on the CCC website or otherwise available to the public. All solicitation materials will accurately represent CCC policies and practices and will reflect the dignity of program beneficiaries. All financial, organizational, and program reports will be complete and accurate in all material respects.

Statement of principles

1.    Discrimination and harassment are prohibited at The Canadian Coptic Centre and constitute punishable offenses under this policy. Discrimination and harassment are serious human rights issues. The Canadian Coptic Centre will not tolerate such behaviour against any member of the community and will strive to create an environment free from such behaviour on its premises.

2.    The Canadian Coptic Centre affirms the right of every member of its constituencies to live, study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Discrimination and harassment are incompatible with standards of professional ethics and with behaviour appropriate to an institution of theodicy, educational and philanthropically natured.

3.    The Canadian Coptic Centre recognizes that as a community development, philanthropic and ethical as a free community advocate, we uphold the fundamental commitments to human freedom and to freedom of expression and association. We will maintain an environment in which volunteers, employees and beneficiaries can engage in free inquiry and open discussion of all issues. The Anti-Discrimination Officer, like all other officers of The Canadian Coptic Centre, is obliged to uphold human freedom, and freedom of expression and association.

4.    A philanthropic and educational free community must also include freedom of movement and freedom of access to facilities and resources without fear of harassment, discrimination or violence.

5.    All persons entrusted with authority by The Canadian Coptic Centre have a particular obligation to ensure that there is no misuse of that authority in any action or relationship.

6.    The Canadian Coptic Centre recognizes its legal and moral responsibility to protect all of its members and the community members involved in its activities and different charity projects from discrimination and harassment, and to take action if such behavior does occur. To these ends it has developed a policy on, and procedures for, dealing with complaints arising out of such behavior including a range of disciplinary measures up to and including removal. It has also established an educational program to prevent incidents of discrimination.

7.    The Canadian Coptic Centre prohibits reprisal or threats of reprisal against any member of the community who makes use of this policy or participates in proceedings held under its jurisdiction. Any individual or body found to be making such reprisals or threats will be subject to disciplinary action.

8.    The intention of this policy and its procedures is to prevent discrimination and harassment from taking place, and where necessary, to act upon complaints of such behaviour promptly, fairly, judiciously and with due regard to confidentiality for all parties concerned.

9.    All administrators, clergy, managers, department chairs, directors of schools or programs and others in supervisory or leadership positions have an obligation to be familiar with and to uphold this policy and its procedures and to inform members of their staff about its existence.

10.    Notwithstanding this policy, individuals have the right to seek the advice and services of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. prohibits reprisal or threats of reprisal against any member of The Canadian Coptic Centre community who makes use of this policy or participates in proceedings held under its jurisdiction. Any individual or body found to be making such reprisals or threats will be subject to disciplinary action.

Inclusiveness and Diversity

Our board, employees and volunteers will reflect diversity in order to enrich our effectiveness through engaging a variety of perspectives and range of experiences and creative thinking. The Canadian Coptic Centre will take meaningful steps to be inclusive in all aspects of our work, including hiring, retention, promotion, board recruitment, and clients served.

Programs Evaluation

The Canadian Coptic Centre will regularly measure outcomes and review program effectiveness and work to incorporate lessons learned into future programs. We will strive to improve program and organizational effectiveness and promote mechanisms to further learning from our activities and around the country. We will be responsive to changes in social service models and research and to the needs of those we serve, and to meet community needs in a changing environment.

Fundraising

Our solicitation materials will be truthful and disclose important and relevant information to potential donors. We respect the privacy concerns of individual donors and expend funds consistent with donor intent.

In raising funds from the public, The Canadian Coptic Centre respects the rights of donors, as follows:

A.    To be informed of the mission of CCC, the way the resources will be used and the capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

B.    To be informed of the identity of those serving on the CCC governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

C.    To have access to CCC most recent financial reports.

D.    To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

E.    To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.

F.    To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.

G.    To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

H.    To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of CCC or hired solicitors.

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