The Conservancy of Southwest Florida received a 4-star rating, the highest from the Charity Navigator for proving strong financial health, a commitment to accountability and transparency and adhering to industry best practices. Only about one quarter of rated charities achieve this distinction.
“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Conservancy of Southwest Florida exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Conservancy of Southwest Florida apart from its peers,” wrote Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator in a letter announcing the designation. “With more than 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator aims to accentuate the work of efficient and transparent organizations. The intent of our work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector.”
Charity Navigator, a nonprofit itself, is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of over 9,000 charities and provides basic data on the rest of U.S. nonprofits. 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.
“We cannot fulfill the Conservancy’s vision to protect the region’s water, land, wildlife and future without the trust and support of the community,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “Achieving this rating assures our donors that we are good stewards of their support as we work to ensure good stewardship of the area’s environment.