Washington (PRWEB) February 19, 2014
For the third consecutive year, Charity Navigator has awarded the American Forest Foundation (AFF) its highest possible rating of four stars. The coveted 4-star rating recognizes AFF’s sound fiscal management and its commitment to accountability and transparency. As America’s leading independent evaluator of nonprofits, Charity Navigator is a trusted source for donors as they make decisions about charitable giving.
“Charity Navigator’s goal is to provide donors with the essential information they need to feel secure in making a charitable contribution,” said Nathan Truitt, Vice President of Development for AFF. “They evaluated AFF based on our efficiency, our ethical standards, and our openness. We are incredibly proud to be one of only 11 percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator that have received a four-star ranking three years in a row.”
AFF works on-the-ground on behalf of America’s nearly 22 million forest owners who own 282 million acres of forestland. More acres are owned by families or individuals than are owned by the federal government or the forest products industry. Charity Navigator’s top rating of AFF will help the organization continue to protect all the benefits that come from forests including clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, wood products, and good paying rural jobs.
“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices... and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” said Ken Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator. “Only 11 percent of the charities we rate have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Forest Foundation outperforms most other charities in America.” The rating, Berger noted, shows the public that AFF “is worthy of their trust.”
“This independent evaluation means so much to all of us,” said Truitt. “It shows that we are living up to the high expectations our donors have of us. Their commitment to us is so inspiring, and we are grateful that so many people across the country share our vision of protecting and advocating for America’s family-owned forests—and that so many supporters have entrusted us with their hard-earned dollars to make that shared vision a reality.”
To make a donation to help protect America’s woodlands please go to http://www.forestfoundation.org/donate.
Contact: Amanda Cooke, Media & Marketing Manager, at acooke(at)forestfoundation(dot)org and 202-765-3755.
The American Forest Foundation (AFF) works on the ground with families, teachers and elected officials to promote stewardship and protect our nation’s forest heritage. A commitment to the next generation unites our nationwide network of forest owners and teachers working to keep our forests healthy and our children well-prepared for the future they will inherit. Learn more at http://www.forestfoundation.org.