Once again, the Idaho Youth Ranch has received four stars, the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management and a proven commitment to accountability and transparency.

According to Charity Navigator, only 20% of the thousands of charities they evaluate have ever received two or more consecutive 4-star ratings. This top honor makes the Idaho Youth Ranch exceptional among other American charities and demonstrates to donors and the public that the agency is worthy of their trust and support.

“Idaho Youth Ranch’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “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.”

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.

“Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating shows our supporters that we take our fiscal and ethical responsibilities very seriously,” said Steve Woodworth, Idaho Youth Ranch CEO. “We want them to know that we’re using their donations wisely and efficiently to help create promising futures for Idaho’s most vulnerable kids and families.”

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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.

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