Mass Audubon Earns 4-Star Charity Rating for Second-Straight Year

Release Date:
September 15, 2015

LINCOLN, MA—Mass Audubon has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating for the second-straight year by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent and most influential charity evaluator.

In a congratulatory letter to the regional nonprofit conservation leader, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher lauded Mass Audubon’s “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.”

Thatcher praised Mass Audubon for earning two consecutive 4-star ratings, terming the designation “exceptional,” and conveying a status that “differentiates Mass Audubon from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Only one in five charities rated by Thatcher’s group have received at least two-consecutive 4-star evaluations, he emphasized, “indicating that Mass Audubon outperforms most other charities in America.”

Thatcher noted that the 119-year-old conservation 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.”

Mass Audubon Acting President and Vice President for Conservation Programs Gary Clayton thanked Charity Navigator for “recognizing our ongoing commitment to the highest ideals of financial professionalism, responsibility, and transparency.”

“We consider a strong fiscal standard to be a core value in our mission as a member-supported nonprofit.” Clayton added, “Receiving Charity Navigator’s highest rating two years in a row will continue to inspire Mass Audubon in our conservation work on behalf of members and the public.”


Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.

Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at