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

Release Date:
June 7, 2016
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LINCOLN, MA—For the third year in a row, Mass Audubon has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating by Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent and most influential charity evaluator.

In a congratulatory letter, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher recognized the “exceptional designation,” and praised Mass Audubon “for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.”

Thatcher lauded the regional conservation leader for earning three consecutive 4-star ratings, Charity Navigator's highest possible evaluation, and noted the honor "indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.”  

At a time when nonprofits are facing increased fiscal scrutiny, Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating award represents a strong endorsement of Mass Audubon’s commitment to financial rigor, forthrightness, and good governance as core values.

In fact, only one in seven charities rated by Charity Navigator has received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, a lofty status signifying, Thatcher said, that “Mass Audubon exceeds industry standards and outperforms most other charities in America.”


Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at