First in History to Receive 16 Four-Star Ratings

For a record-breaking 16th consecutive year, Children’s Aid has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator. According to their website, Children’s Aid tops the list of ten organizations that “have earned the most consecutive 4-star ratings demonstrating an ongoing fiscal excellence. [They] are well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change.”

Children’s Aid is the only organization in Charity Navigator history to receive 16 consecutive four-star ratings.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star rating.

“Children’s Aid's exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Children’s Aid to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Children’s Aid.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to invest in children in New York City’s most underserved communities,” said President and CEO Phoebe Boyer.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

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