MILPITAS, Calif., May 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Giving Tree'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. Family Giving Tree has received five consecutive annual 4-star ratings, and eight 4-star ratings overall.
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 reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and are open with their donors and stakeholders.
"Family Giving Tree's exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public," said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. "Only a quarter of charities rated receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. As a result, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Family Giving Tree."
"Our donors trust that we're using their donations in a focused effort to grant children's wishes for joy and learning through our annual Holiday Wish and Back-to-School Drives," said Director Jennifer Cullenbine. "Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates our good governance and financial accountability."
About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org 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, Accountability and Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations. Charity Navigator, is a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, and depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.
About Family Giving Tree
Family Giving Tree launched in 1990 as a MBA project led by FGT founder Jennifer Cullenbine and fellow student Todd Yoshida. The volunteer-driven effort now supports the entire Bay Area. Combining the dual efforts of Holiday Wish Drive (gifts) and Back-to-School Drive (backpacks and school supplies), Family Giving Tree to date has helped nearly 1.5 million children and adults.
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