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 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 160,000 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