CSF receives 4-star top rating from Charity Navigator as one of USA's best-run organizations

CSF receives 4-star top rating from Charity Navigator as one of USA's best-run organizations

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CSF's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 and Transparency” metrics, which account for half of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders. The other half is determined by financial performance metrics. CSF's high rating on this indicator reflects CSF's commitment to stretching your support for the greatest conservation impact by directing a high percentage of our spending toward program services.

“CSF's coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. CSF's supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

To see CSF's rating and breakdown of performance metrics in more detail, click here. To donate to CSF, click here. Thank you to all of our donors, both big and small, who support CSF, helping us to conserve ecosystems, protect wildlife and enable people all over the world to live well.