MARYSVILLE — United Way of Union County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, according to a relesde from the organization.
The organization has advanced to this top distinction from a 3-star rating the previous year.
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These accountability and transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.
“United Way of Union County’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” stated Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds United Way of Union County to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support United Way of Union County.”
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission of ‘Bringing Neighbors & Resources Together to Improve Lives in Union County,’” stated Sherri Coleman, Board of Trustees President. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”
United Way of Union County’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More detailed information about United Way of Union County’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
For more information, contact the United Way of Union County at 937-644-8381 or visit www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.