ACCESS Community Capital Fund - Aprio

Meet the 2019 winner.

Congratulations to ACCESS Community Capital Fund, the not-for-profit winner of the Aprio 2019 Good Governance for All Award!

Our annual Good Governance for All Award recognizes a deserving not-for-profit by providing Aprio board portal software for free to better engage board members, more efficiently run board meetings, and ensure that board information is kept secure.

Serving the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, ACCESS helps promising small businesses gain access to financing not available through other sources. Most ACCESS loans go to internationally-trained newcomers to Canada.

Organization Impact

ACCESS help individuals facing barriers to traditional financing from banks to obtain microloans to improve their income through sustainable self-employment.

Governance Needs

As an organization, we’ve done great work recently to bring in new operations efficiencies. We want to do the same on our board. Right now, we send paper copies and emails to directors communicate, which is time consuming and isn’t secure.

Potential Benefits

The Aprio board portal could free up our new Executive Director’s time to work more with clients, collaborate with partners, and lead fundraising. Our busy volunteer directors can use the portal to more efficiently manage their board work.

Words from the winner…

“ACCESS is at an important moment in our growth and any operations efficiency we gain will help us achieve our ambitious goals to expand our impact in the community. I look forward to using Aprio to free up my time to focus more on working with our clients, collaborating with partner organizations, and moving forward with our fundraising.”

Ryan Hollinrake
Executive Director, ACCESS Community Capital Fund

Board comments…

“All available funding and donations into ACCESS are dedicated to the business of helping clients achieve their goals. The organization will greatly benefit from having a board portal to save time preparing for monthly board meetings, and to provide safe and secure online location for board information which includes details on loan applications. It’s also important that we’re making board communication convenient for our volunteer directors and to help us recruit new directors.”

Jess Merber
Board Chair, ACCESS Community Capital Fund

The Award

The winning not-for-profit receives:

  • Free license of Aprio board management software for up to 3 years
  • Board management software accessible to 25 users
  • Free implementation

* Selected not-for-profit has the opportunity to renew at standard, not-for-profit pricing, after the initial term.

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