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United Way Earns a 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

United Way of Southwest Alabama’s (UWSWA) strong financial health 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 first time that UWSWA earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These accountability & transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of our charity’s overall rating, reveal that UWSWA operates in accordance with industry best practices and is truly open with our donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of their four-star charities.

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

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to improve the lives in Southwest Alabama,” said UWSWA President & CEO Jill Chenoweth. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.

”UWSWA’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on More-detailed information about UWSWA’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator
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