United Through Reading has recently received its fifth consecutive Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity rating agency according to Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, Forbes and Business Week.
In 2011, Charity Navigator evaluated 5500 charities-ten times the number of charities that any other rating agency evaluates. Charity Navigator has always assigned ratings based on financial health, but recently added a second dimension to their evaluation: accountability and transparency.
This additional criteria set decreased the number of Four-Star ratings by 20% this year. United Through Reading was not among them. Our Board of Trustees takes seriously its fiduciary responsibility and has policies and practices in place that provide for exceptional accountability and outstanding transparency in governance. Only 4% of charities have received five consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator. We’re proud to be among them.