United Way of Central Alabama Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

United Way of Central Alabama’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the 18th consecutive time that United Way of Central Alabama has earned this top distinction, ranking the nonprofit second on Charity Navigator’s list of charities with the most consecutive 4-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 its methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of our four-star charities.

“United Way of Central Alabama’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds UWCA 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 United Way of Central Alabama.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to improve health, education, and financial stability in Central Alabama,” said Drew Langloh, President and CEO.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

United Way of Central Alabama’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More detailed information about UWCA’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.