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Wow, 4-Stars from Charity Navigator. What does that mean?

Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded Second Harvest Community Food Bank the prestigious 4 star rating for exceptional financial and programmatic performance as well as a commitment to transparency and accountability.

The 4-star rating, Charity Navigator’s highest, is given to nonprofits that practice exceptional fiscal responsibility and governance in fulfilling their mission. Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per philanthropic dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health.

Charity Navigator

Second Harvest Community Food Bank was given a score of 67.15 (out of a possible 70) and was also recognized as #3 on the national Top 10 list of “Nonprofits Expanding in a Hurry”.

In his letter to Second Harvest, Charity Navigator CEO Ken Berger wrote Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Approximately a quarter of the charities we evaluate have received our highest rating, indicating that Second Harvest Community Food Bank outperforms most other charities in America. This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Second Harvest Community Food Bank from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

As Second Harvest continues to grow, expand and develop innovative ways to empower those we serve and reduce the pain of hunger, it is important to note that we will never lose sight of the high calling to be exceptional stewards of the gifts and responsibilities entrusted to us. This recognition belongs to our friends and partners as much as it does our staff, volunteers and board members.

I thank you all.

We will briefly celebrate this great honor, and then with your continued support we will get back to the task of building hunger-free communities. 

David M. Davenport
Chief Executive Officer
Second Harvest Community Food Bank

Posted by David Davenport, CEO - Friday, 10/05/12, 03:22 PM - Comments - Category: Second Harvest News

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