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Financial Integrity and Stewardship

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Organization and Charitable Status

Hope Bible Church Markham is an incorporated charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. Each year the church files an Annual Information form with the Charities Directorate in compliance with federal regulations.

Annual Budget Process

Each fall an operational budget is prepared for review, analysis, questions, and approval by the executive staff and Elders. Each ministry is required to present a budget alongside a ministry plan for the year. The operating budget is fundamental to our accountability, transparency, and integrity. Staff compensation is approved by non-staff Elders and is compared with industry standards in North America to ensure it falls within acceptable parameters when compared to the overall budget of the church.

Monthly Financial Executive Review

Monthly financial statements are prepared and compared to the operational budget to ensure spending is in line with the fulfillment of Hope Bible Church Markham’s mission. When necessary, Elder approval is obtained and the operational budget is updated to reflect any changes in priorities throughout the year.

Annual Audit

To ensure maximum transparency and assurance Hope Bible Church Markham retains an independent auditor to conduct annual audits of its financial statements. These financial statements are audited in accordance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS). Historical audited financial statements can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Expense Authorization Process

Hope Bible Church Markham has a strict expense authorization to ensure financial accountability for operational and capital purchases. Purchases in excess of specific thresholds must be approved by the Leadership Team.

Confidential Donor Information

Donor information is kept in strict confidence. Per our policies, Elders and Pastors do not have access to donor information (other than our Executive Pastor) and this information is kept in strict confidence by our Finance Department staff. Donor information is not sold, nor is it made available without the prior consent of the donor except where disclosure is required by law.

Donor Restricted Gift Policy

Spending of funds is confined to Elder approved programs and projects. Each contribution directed toward an approved program or project will be used as restricted with the understanding that when the need for such a program or project has been met, or cannot be completed for any reason as determined by the Elders, the remaining restricted contributions will be used where the Elders deem it to be most needed.