Conservancy of Southwest Florida again earns highest rating from Charity Navigator

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency have again earned the organization the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

In addition to receiving the highest honor from Charity Navigator, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida also holds a Gold rating from GuideStar, the highest rating offered by the nonprofit search engine.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“We are honored to have earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, and are excited to share this news with our community,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “Our top priority is to remain transparent with our valued donors to ensure that we are using our funding wisely to accomplish the Conservancy’s mission to protect Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life now and forever. Receiving such a high rating from an esteemed charity evaluator demonstrates our commitment to this responsibility.”

For more information about donating to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida visit www.Conservancy.org/donate.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 © (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818–1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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