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Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

SEPTEMBER 2015, BENTON HARBOR – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’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 third time that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor has earned this top distinction.
 
Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars—a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’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.”

“It’s important our donors trust we’re using their gifts wisely. As good stewards, we get to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens” says Brian Saxton, Chief Executive Officer. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’s rating, and other information about charitable giving, are available free of charge at charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor
Located at 600 Nate Wells Senior Drive, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor has served the youth of Benton Harbor since 1999. The Club provides after-school and summer programs promoting educational and career development, character and leadership development, and healthy lifestyles for nearly 2,000 children and teens at the Fettig Youth Campus and Joel E. Smilow Teen Center. Learn more at bgcbh.org. 

About Charity Navigator 
Charity Navigator, 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.

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