WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Catholic Charities alleviates human suffering and improves the quality of life of 100,000 people annually, regardless of religious background. A staff of 600 provides support and services related to housing, food, mental health, children's services, addiction treatment, and domestic violence services.
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ORGANIZATION TESTIMONIAL

Family Services of the North Shore

Kathleen Whyte, Manager of Human Resources / Accreditation Coordinator

Family Services of the North Shore is about to enter our third accreditation cycle with COA. Accreditation has provided us with a framework that enables us to demonstrate accountability to our clients, our funders and our donors. There is no question that the accreditation process and COA have benefited our agency.
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Purpose

Sound administration and management increase program quality and sustainability; promote financial accountability and viability; support transparency and openness; and reduce risk, loss, and liability exposure.

CYD-AM 1: Authorization to Operate

The program operates as, or as part of, a legally-authorized entity.

Interpretation: The program may be, or be part of:

  1. a public agency, such as a school or the military;
  2. a nonprofit with a governing body incorporated or authorized to conduct business in the state where it operates or is headquartered and with a duly promulgated charter, constitution, and/or bylaws; 
  3. a nonprofit organized as an identified sub-unit of a religious body that has legal status or is an identified sub-unit of another legal entity recognized under state law; 
  4. a corporation sole; or 
  5. a for-profit organized as a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company, or association with a duly promulgated charter and other appropriate governing documents.

Rating Indicators
1
The program’s practices reflect full implementation of the standard. 
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement.
3
Practice requires significant improvement.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Bylaws/charter/articles of incorporation, or other documentation showing the program operates as (or as part of) a legal entity
No On-Site Evidence
    • Interview:
      1. Program Administrator and/or Director
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