New Jersey Charity Receives Fifth Consecutive “Four Star Rating” from Charity Navigator

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Eva’s Village, a Paterson, NJ anti-poverty nonprofit maintains high rating despite new rating system lowering number of 4-star charities by 20%.

Charity Navigator (, styles itself as “Your Guide to Intelligent Giving” and claims to be America's largest independent charity evaluator, providing free financial evaluations of America's charities. Charity Navigator recently launched a more in-depth rating system that the organization believes will provide more information on “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities by charities.

Eva’s Village stands out among charitable organizations by maintaining their existing 4-star rating, making this their fifth coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“In these difficult economic times, we’re thrilled to give donors more information to help them determine which charities they support are efficient and accountable,” said Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “So, for the first time since launching our charity rating service nearly 10 years ago, we’ve made a major enhancement to our rating system. We know that donors will welcome this change as it gives them, more knowledge to do more good.”

Charity Navigator says the new system was developed to further help charitable givers make wise decisions in choosing the charities that are most worthy of their donations. In notifying Eva’s Village of the four star rating, Mr. Berger indicated that this “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator “…differentiates Eva's Village from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust”.

Donna Marie Fico, Director of Development at Eva’s Village says,” We are proud to have earned our fifth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator — receiving four out of a possible four stars even under this new, more critical evaluation system indicates how hard everyone at Eva’s Village works to execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way”. When making charitable contributions it is important to have confidence in the organization you plan to donate to. Sister Gloria Perez, Executive Director of Eva’s Village says, “Because we run a tight ship, we are able to help more of those in the greatest need, and both private and government funders have confidence that the funding they provide will be utilized with strict accountability”.

Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982 as a response to the poor and homeless in Paterson, New Jersey, Eva’s Village ( is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization with a mission to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual. Through almost three decades of service, Eva’s Village has established a commendable record in facing community challenges and changing the lives of the hungry, homeless and addicted. It has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become the most respected anti-poverty program in the state and now includes fourteen integrated programs housed in numerous buildings spanning several city blocks in downtown Paterson.

Programs provided at Eva’s Village provide a continuum of care, with more than 365,000 meals served and sheltering hundreds of the homeless annually, house up to 70 children at any one time in a special program for mothers and children and providing recovery services, and primary medical and dental care for over 2,000 every year. In December 2010, Eva’s Village Apartments were opened to offer 50 units of affordable housing, many of which house families with children. A new playground created in cooperation with Kaboom! and Kraft Foods is now located across the street from the Eva’s Village Apartments, and a new Culinary Arts Training Center is under development to enhance client job skills and provide new sources for job placement.

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