United Way Receives Third Consecutive Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Waterbury, CT — United Way of Greater Waterbury announced it has received Charity Navigator’s four star rating for the third consecutive year.

Charity Navigator was founded in 2001 by Pat and Marion Dugan, with the goal of creating an unbiased source of information that provides charitable givers and social investors with the tools necessary to make informed giving decisions.

Evaluations are provided at no charge to the public and Charity Navigator does not accept advertising or donations from evaluated organizations.

“United Way of Greater Waterbury’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, resident & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds United Way of Greater Waterbury to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support United Way of Greater Waterbury.”

A four-star rating is the highest possible rating and indicates an organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

United Way of Greater Waterbury invests $.89 of every dollar raised in approaches that advance equity and measurable outcomes.

Director of Marketing and Communications Glenn McCabe explained, “Charity Navigator’s accountability and transparency metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating and reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.”

“I’m proud of the United Way of Greater Waterbury team because we are able to make a difference in the community and do so while demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.  Our operational model is so resilient that we’ve been able to respond to the new needs presented by the pandemic as we continue our work in the three impact areas of basic needs, education, and financial stability, said Kristen Jacoby, president and CPO of United Way of Greater Waterbury.

United Way of Greater Waterbury’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.

About United Way of Greater Waterbury

United Way of Greater Waterbury’s service area includes Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.  www.unitedwaygw.org.

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 and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. 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 501 (c) (3) public charity 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 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.