For the 17th year in a row, United Way of Central Alabama has earned the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates charities from across the United States and assigns them a score based on their financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“This honor puts United Way of Central Alabama in an elite group of high-performing charities,” said Drew Langloh, President and CEO of UWCA. “Our donors and volunteers should be confident that their generosity to United Way will responsibly support programs that improve our community.”
Of the more than 1.5 million charities evaluated, less than 1% have received 17 consecutive 4-star ratings, placing UWCA in the top tier of charities in the United States. Moreover, United Way of Central Alabama now leads Charity Navigator’s list of “10 Charities with the Most Consecutive 4-Star Ratings,” as it garnered an overall score of 100% for its 2017-fiscal-year performance.
“This exceptional designation sets United Way of Central Alabama apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” said Thatcher.
The consistency in high rankings from Charity Navigator is a reflection of UWCA’s commitment to using all funds in an efficient, effective way to make lasting impacts throughout the community. This is evidenced by the Visiting Allocation Teams (VAT), which determine how the tens of millions of dollars raised in our all-important annual campaign is distributed to our partner agencies. The 500 volunteers who participate in the VAT program are broken down into diverse groups that represent a variety of social strata and demographics that reflect the interests of donors from across the community in a fair and unbiased way. You can read more about the VAT process, including how to get involved, here.