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

Release Date:
July 17, 2020

LINCOLN—For the seventh consecutive year, Mass Audubon has earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most consulted evaluator of charities.

In again recognizing with its highest rating Mass Audubon’s consistent financial health and commitment to accountability, Charity Navigator has placed the state’s largest nature conservation organization within the top 10 percent of the thousands of charities the organization assesses.

In a congratulatory letter to Mass Audubon President David O’Neill, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher noted,  ”Only seven percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least seven consecutive 4-star evaluations. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Mass Audubon apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

O’Neill said, “We are honored to have established a track record of consistent 4-Star ratings by such a respected organization, a welcome endorsement of Mass Audubon’s fiscal integrity and commitment to mission.

“I assure Mass Audubon members, donors, Board of Directors, and staff, “O’Neill added, “that Charity Navigator’s high praise will only strengthen our commitment to best practices and rigorous financial standards in executing our mission to connect all people with nature.”


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