Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. This is the highest rating possible and is awarded based on sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T 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.
“Dogs for the Deaf’s 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Dogs for the Deaf’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.”
“Especially in the current economic environment, it’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to carry out our mission of rescuing and professionally training dogs to help people and enhance lives, maintaining a lifelong commitment to all dogs we rescue and all people we serve,” says Dogs for the Deaf Board Chair Marvin Rhodes. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
Dogs for the Deaf’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Dogs for the Deaf’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
Since 1977, Dogs for the Deaf has been rescuing dogs from shelters, professionally training them and placing them with people throughout the United States.