Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating

The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

The Foundation also received its ninth straight 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. "Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work," said Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher in a letter to General Secretary John Hewko.

Thatcher added that only one percent of charities the organization evaluates have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations, setting "The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness."

The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.