The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania has been named one of America’s best managed nonprofit organizations for the tenth consecutive time, according to Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator. Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher recently awarded Second Harvest the coveted 4-star rating indicating that Second Harvest consistently outperforms most other charities in America. Only 1% of the charities that are rated have received at least ten consecutive 4-star evaluations.
In his letter announcing this rating, Thatcher states, “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator sets Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Karen Seggi, executive director of Second Harvest, expressed appreciation for the award, saying: “We are honored, once again, to be recognized by Charity Navigator. This designation is representative of our efforts at Second Harvest to ensure that every donation is efficiently put toward our mission of feeding those in need.”
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania scored 95.78 on Charity Navigator’s rating system. The rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their financial health and their accountability & transparency. The ratings show donors how efficiently Charity Navigator believes a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information. Charity Navigator provides these ratings so that charitable givers/social investors can make intelligent giving decisions and so that the nonprofit sector can improve its performance.
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A full copy of the press release can be found here.