4-star Rating by Charity Navigator

02 June 2016 Published in Press Center

HawkWatch International Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Press Release
June 2, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY – HawkWatch International maintained its 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, after the implementation of a new rating system called CN 2.1, which features enhanced financial methodology.  The 4-star rating is a result of HawkWatch International’s maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency in its efforts to ensure the conservation of raptors and our shared environments.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 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.

HawkWatch International’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  HawkWatch International supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

“It’s important that our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission of protecting raptors,” said Paul Parker, Executive Director, HawkWatch International. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take being good stewards of funding very seriously.”

HawkWatch International’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.


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