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SCCF earns 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

By Staff | Nov 28, 2018

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Officials reported that it is the third time that SCCF has earned the top distinction in the last eight years, including two consecutive years – 2016 and 2017. It is also one of only four conservation non-profits in Florida to earn a 4-star rating from the independent charity evaluator.

“We are honored to once again receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” SCCF President John Morse said. “This distinction gives our supporters the assurance that we practice good stewardship when applying their donations to the execution of SCCF’s mission.”

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, it added 17 metrics focused on governance and ethical practices, as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. The accountability and 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.

In 2016, it upgraded its methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. The enhancements further substantiates the financial health of the 4-star charities.

“SCCF’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” Charity Navigator President Michael Thatcher said. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds SCCF 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 the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation.”

For more information, visit www.charitynavigator.org.