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Posted: 11/03/2019
By: Mark Singleton

November 2019, Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, announced that American Whitewater has earned its tenth consecutive 4-star (highest) 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. The letter from Charity Navigator informing American Whitewater that it was awarded a tenth 4-star rating from Charity Navigator is available here. An excerpt of that letter reads:

"Based on the most recent information available, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce American Whitewater has earned our tenth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that American Whitewater exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 2% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Whitewater outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets American Whitewater apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

Charity Navigator rates national nonprofits and works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of 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.

A copy of the letter can be downloaded here.

Ten years of exceptional multi-year ratings from Charity Navigator would not be possible without the strong support of dues paying American Whitewater members. You can join or renew your membership support here. Or make an additional year-end tax-deductible donation here.

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