Is the Organization Eligible?
To qualify as being ongoing, you must provide evidence that your organization:
- Is regularly and actively engaged in its prescribed activity.
- Has an established place of operations.
- Uses finances and other resources that are independently owned or leased.
- Has substantial marketing activity.
- Has, or is about to have a revenue stream.
- Owns or leases the resources that are typical for an organization of its service industry.
- Is in a facility appropriate for the service area of its type at the present stage of
development of the organization.
An organization is not eligible if it has been established or reorganized for the specific purpose of taking advantage of the SDO certification program.
Note: Prospective business activity is not normally sufficient to meet the ongoing business requirement. There is no requirement as to the length of time in organization or volume of services. However, without control of the eligible Directors/Trustees over the day-to-day activities of the organization, it would be difficult to demonstrate that it's "ongoing" within the meaning of the regulations.
If the non-profit is newly incorporated, it must be able to demonstrate that it is an ongoing concern in the service area in which it requests certification.