About Us

Veritas Charity Services Inc. (VCSI), a subsidiary of the Veritas Group, provides to donors, charities and others independent, fair and respectful research into Canadian registered charities to help them in evaluating and choosing their favoured charities.  We conduct in-depth reviews of Canadian registered charities, all within a unique and comprehensive VScore program framework.  We regularly publish these in reports for subscribers and the public.

Our Vision

We envision an economically vibrant charitable sector where high levels of accountability, transparency, and effectiveness is the norm. Where passion and impact are the focus, not profile and popularity.

Mission and Goals

  • Veritas Charity Services aims to be the principal source of independent advice, information, and thought leadership on Canada’s charitable sector, evaluating its effectiveness and impact. It does so through comprehensive reviews of Canadian registered charities, all within a unique VScore program framework.

Foster trust and confidence in the sector.

  • To help you in your charitable goals, the Veritas Foundation conducts intensive research on Canada’s charitable sector and its charities to help in assessing the qualities and shortcomings of each.  Our Mission is to go beyond the research, to be a trustee for the Public’s interests. 

Our Core Commitments

  • Support, strengthen, and encourage good practice in the charitable sector.
  • Foster Public trust and confidence in the sector.
  • Protect both the credibility of the sector, and the interests of the Public.
  • Demonstrate the accountability of the sector.

The Team

Mark S. Bonham, President

Mark S. Bonham, Executive Director of sister company The Veritas Foundation and a veteran of the Canadian financial industry, is very excited to lead the team at Veritas Charity Services Inc. (VCSI).  Prior to joining VCSI, Mr. Bonham operated his consulting company Bonham & Co. Inc., prior to which he was a founder and Chief Executive Officer of two successive mutual fund entities, BPI Financial Corporation and Strategic Value Corporation.  Under his leadership, both companies grew to be publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and were later sold to rival organizations. 

A Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada, Mark received his M.Sc. (Econ) with a focus on Capital Markets Theory from the London School of Economics (1986), a B.Comm. from the University of Toronto (1982), and is a  Fellow, Life Office Management Association (1982). 

Mark is the author of five books to date, including the books Trade-Offs: The History of Canada-U.S. Trade Negotiations (2018) and Becoming 150: 150 Years of Canadian Business History (2017).    He is a contributor on the financial industry to The Canadian Encyclopedia.  

A co-founder and Board Member the Canadian Business History Association, Mark is the past Board Chair of the Toronto Botanical Garden and has endowed the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.  Active at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Mark has provided scholarships and endowed the Bonham Chair in International Finance.  Among his many community projects, Mark has co-chaired the capital campaign for Toronto’s new LGBTQ youth homeless shelter and was the lead donor and co-Chair of the Casey House Hospital Capital Campaign. 

Mark was included in the Financial Times of London (UK) OUTstanding Global Business Leaders list in 2017 and was recently named the 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  He is the recipient of the inaugural Alumni of Influence Award from the University of Toronto (2012), the Clarkson Laureateship in Public Service (2016), and is a Member of the Group of 175, being the 175 most influential graduates of the University of Toronto. 

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