Sierra Club Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Fourth consecutive year the Sierra Club Foundation is recognized with the highest award

The Sierra Club Foundation is honored to receive another outstanding rating from Charity Navigator. This 4-star rating demonstrates to our supporters that we are committed to using our financial resources wisely.
- Peter Martin, Executive Director

The Sierra Club Foundation’s sound fiscal management practices 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 fourth consecutive year the Foundation has earned this top distinction.

The Sierra Club Foundation provides financial support to the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations for charitable projects. The Foundation funds small, local projects and multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns that help educate, inspire and empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment.

“The Sierra Club Foundation is honored to receive another outstanding rating from Charity Navigator,” said Peter Martin, Foundation Executive Director. “Our donors and volunteers are instrumental to our work and we value the trust they put in us. This 4-star rating demonstrates to our supporters that we are committed to using our financial resources wisely.”

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“The Sierra Club Foundation’s 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars – a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. The Sierra Club Foundation’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

The Sierra Club Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on http://www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Sierra Club Foundation’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About The Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is a public charity whose mission is to provide financial support to the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations for charitable projects. The Foundation relies on the generosity of thousands of donors across the country who care about preserving and protecting the planet for future generations. The Foundation funds small, local projects and multi-year, multi-million dollar campaigns that help educate, inspire and empower humanity to preserve the natural and human environment. To learn more, visit http://www.sierraclubfoundation.org.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator 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 and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at 201-818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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