November 2018, Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator
of charities, announced that American Whitewater has earned its ninth 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. The letter from Charity
Navigator informing American Whitewater that it was awarded a ninth 4-star rating from Charity
Navigator is available here. An excerpt of that letter reads:
"We are proud to announce American Whitewater has earned our ninth 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 9
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
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