Port Charlotte, FL December 27, 2017 – United Way of Charlotte County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability
and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
This is the first time that United Way of Charlotte County has earned this top distinction.
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.
On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further
substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.
“United way of Charlotte County's exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,”
according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive
the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds United Way of Charlotte County to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our
world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible
and ethical charity when they decide to support United Way of Charlotte County.”
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission to end poverty in Charlotte County,”
said Executive Director Angie Matthiessen. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance
and financial accountability.”
United Way of Charlotte County's rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge, click here.
More-detailed information about United Way of Charlotte County’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become
registered users, another free service.
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 (c) (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.
About United Way of Charlotte County
United Way works to imporove lives and community conditions by bringing people and resources together to focus on the local issues that
matter most. We operate by the philosophy that together, united we accomplish far more than any individual or single agencey could achieve alone.
United Way harnesses the collective power of personal giving, corporate participation and the of work of like-minded organizations.
United Way tends to be most visible in the community during its annual fundraising campaign, which typically begins in early fall. However,
United Way is active year-round studying community needs and directing resources to where they will accomplish the greatest benefit...
in changed lives and stronger communities. Our focus is EDUCATION, RESOURCES, and HEALTH. These are the building blocks
everyone needs for a good quality of life, and they are the cornerstones to a strong, prosperous community.