Mass Audubon Earns 4-Star Charity Rating for Third-Straight Year
Michael P. O'Connor
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 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 www.massaudubon.org.