Charity Navigator Awards Center for Great Apes the Prestigious Four Star Rating - Timing Ideal as Sanctuary is Raising Funds to Accommodate Two Orangutans from Iowa

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Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluation system, has awarded the Center for Great Apes the prestigious four-star rating for sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. The coveted rating came at a great time as the Center for Great Apes is currently raising funds to complete the construction of two new habitats to accommodate two recently rescued orangutans from Iowa. The cost of the two habitats is $230,000 with only $53,000 still needed to complete the project.

Habitat at Center for Great Apes photo by Brian Kennedy

The coveted rating came at a great time as the Center for Great Apes is currently raising funds to complete the construction of two new habitats to accommodate two orangutans from Iowa.

Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluation system, has once again awarded the Center for Great Apes, a permanent sanctuary for chimpanzees and orangutans, the prestigious four-star rating for sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. Only 25 percent of the charities reviewed by Charity Navigator receive the highest four star rating. The coveted rating came at a great time as the Center for Great Apes is currently raising funds to complete the construction of two new habitats to accommodate two recently rescued orangutans from Iowa. The cost of the two habitats is $230,000 with only $53,000 still needed to complete the project.

Patti Ragan, founder and director for the Center for Great Apes, said “We are really proud to have earned the four-star rating again. We are dedicated to providing the most enriching, safe and healthy sanctuary possible for the orangutans and chimpanzees we have rescued. It takes a determined team to do this from our board members and caregivers to our volunteers and donors. It is because of their support and the support of the members that we are able to protect these incredible apes.”

Charity Navigator rates nonprofit organizations to provide donors of all levels with reliable data about the impact, efficiency and fiscal health of charities. Charity Navigator analyzed the Center for Great Apes’ performance in seven financial metrics: program expenses, administrative expenses, fundraising expenses, fundraising efficiency, primary revenue growth, program expenses growth, and working capital ratio. It also evaluated the sanctuary in several accountability and transparency performance metrics, giving the Center for Great Apes an overall four-star rating. Ratings are provided so that givers can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the philanthropic community can more effectively monitor itself.

Charity Navigator’s review of the Center for Great Apes is available at
http://tinyurl.com/7mhsjn2

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities, with the stated goal to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health and performance of America's charities. The evaluation system rates nonprofits between zero and four stars, enabling people to access relevant information before they make a donation or further interact with a charity. For more information visit http://www.CharityNavigator.org.

About the Center for Great Apes
Center for Great Apes, founded in 1993, provides a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees that have been retired and rescued from the entertainment industry, from research, or from the exotic pet trade. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Our sanctuary home is located in Wauchula, on over 100 acres a few miles from the beautiful Peace River in south central Florida. Routine health checks, periodic physicals, and when necessary, emergency care are handled in the Arcus Great Ape Health Center. For more information visit http://www.CenterforGreatApes.org or http://www.facebook.com/CenterForGreat

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