Western Reserve Historical Society Receives Second 4-Star Ranking

WRHS honored with 4-Star Ranking from Non-Profit Evaluator Charity Navigator

CLEVELAND, OH – For the second straight year, the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) was awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities.

WRHS is proud to be among this select group of high-performing charities earning the 4-star ranking. The ranking, which is given to only a quarter of the non-profits evaluated, is based on sound fiscal management, a commitment to accountability, and fiscal transparency.

“Supporters of the Western Reserve Historical Society should feel confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly since it has achieved such an outstanding ranking on these important financial metrics,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

About Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.