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Adirondack Council Awarded Fourth Consecutive 4-Star Rating

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – For a fourth consecutive year, the nation’s top charity-rating service has awarded the Adirondack Council its highest marks for fiscal efficiency, financial health and accountability. 

Charity Navigator ( describes itself as “your guide to intelligent giving.”  It congratulated the Adirondack Council for being among the top 13 percent of all charities in the United States.

“Only 13% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Adirondack Council outperforms most other charities in America,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The nonprofit sector is advancing and expanding. Astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency … With more than 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator aims to accentuate the work of efficient and transparent organizations.

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Adirondack Council apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” Thatcher said. 

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition a fourth consecutive year from Charity Navigator,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway.  “All of our support comes from private donations.  We don’t accept government funding or taxpayer-funded donations of any kind.  We pride ourselves on using donors’ contributions wisely and effectively, while remaining transparent about how we use the money.  We owe that to those who make our work possible.”

“Our board and staff have met the ever-increasing challenges of protecting the water, air and wildlife of the Adirondack Park, while also building a bigger and more effective organization to meet the environmental challenges of the future,” said Adirondack Council Deputy Director Diane W. Fish.  “We thank Charity Navigator for recognizing that and for helping us to communicate our success to our donors and the public.”

Founded in 1975, the Adirondack Council is a privately funded not-for-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park.  The Council envisions a Park with clean water and clean air, comprised of core wilderness areas, surrounded by farms and working forests, as well as vibrant communities.

The Adirondack Council carries out its mission through research, education, advocacy and legal action.  Adirondack Council members live in all 50 United States.

For more information:
John Sheehan
518-441-1340 cell
518-432-1770 office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 14, 2018

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