American Whitewater has received a second 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's
largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.
Dec 1, 2011, Charity Navigator announced that American Whitewater has earned its second
consecutive 4-star rating. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that American
Whitewater adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of
unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only
13% of the charities Charity Navigator rates have received at least 2 consecutive
4-star evaluations, indicating that American Whitewater outperforms most other charities in
America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates
American Whitewater from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.
Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by
evaluating the financial health of over 5,500 of America's largest charities. Ratings reflect
the organizational efficiency and organizational capacity examining financial records to
evaluate the balance and growth of such things as administrative expenses, fundraising expenses
and efficiency, primary revenue growth, program expense growth and working capital ratio.
“Six years of prudent and conservative financial management has returned American
Whitewater from the brink of insolvency back in 2004 to a solid fiscal foundation,” said
AW Treasurer Don Kinser. “We now have the financial strength and resources to
expand our stewardship efforts and embark on more ambitious initiatives to fulfill our mission
to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy