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.”


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