Mass Audubon Earns Top Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth-Straight Year

Release Date:
July 11, 2018

LINCOLN—For the fifth consecutive year, Mass Audubon’s demonstrated financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most consulted evaluator of charities.

In awarding its highest rating for five years in a row, Charity Navigator has placed Mass Audubon within the top 10 percent of the thousands of charities the organization assesses, outperforming not only most environmental nonprofits but most American charities as a whole.

“This exceptional designation sets Mass Audubon apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” Charity Navigator President Michael Thatcher wrote in a letter to Mass Audubon President Gary Clayton.

“(The consistent 4-star rating) indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” Thatcher noted.

 “To earn Charity Navigator’s 4-Star rating for five years in a row is an honor for which Mass Audubon’s members, staff, and Board should be justifiably proud,” Clayton said. “As the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit, we are deeply invested in maintaining rigorous standards and transparency in all operations organization wide, for our more than 125,000 members and the general 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