Stamford, CT – For the fifth consecutive year, Americares has earned a 4-star rating—the highest possible—from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 16 percent of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating for a fifth year in a row,” said Americares President and CEO Christine Squires. “Our donors place their trust in us, and this 4-Star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we are deeply committed to using their hard-earned dollars in the most efficient and transparent way possible.”
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 & 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.
“Only 16 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Americares outperforms most other charities in America,” said Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher in a letter to the organization. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Americares apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Americares helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; increase access to critical medicine and medical supplies; improve and expand clinical services; and prevent disease and promote good health. Since its founding more than 40 years ago, Americares has provided more than $18 billion in aid to 164 countries, including the United States.