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Adirondack Council Earns Second Consecutive Top Rating from Charity Navigator

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Adirondack Council Earns Second Consecutive Top Rating from Charity Navigator
Independent Evaluator Lauds Sound Management, Accountability, Transparency

Uploaded Image: /vs-uploads/Logos/Char_Nav.jpgELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. – The Adirondack Council’s growth, its sound fiscal management and its commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the organization a second consecutive top rating from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States.

On average, only two in 10 charities in the United States receives such a high rating. The Council also received a four-star rating last year.

“Only 21 percent of the charities we rate have received at least 2 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Adirondack Council outperforms most other charities in America,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the Adirondack Council from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

“We are very delighted to receive another top ranking from Charity Navigator,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “We are a growing, not-for-profit organization that doesn’t accept government grants or taxpayer-funded donations of any kind. Part of our job is to evaluate how government officials are helping or harming the park. Accepting government support might interfere with that duty. So it is important for private donors to know that we are worth the investment.

“We depend entirely on private contributions to accomplish our mission to protect the pure water, wildlife, wilderness and communities of the Adirondack Park,” Janeway said. “This impartial review and ‘exceptional’ rating will reassure our supporters that their donations will be used wisely and in support of our mission and vision for the park.”

Charity Navigator is an outstanding tool for those considering making tax-deductible donations to not-for-profit organizations, he explained. The company has been rating charitable organizations since 2002. Charity Navigator says it has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

“As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” Charity Navigator’s Thatcher said in a letter to the Adirondack Council. “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that (the Adirondack Council) adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.”

The Adirondack Council’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

Click HERE for more information about the Council’s work and financial support.

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America. Its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined, the organization stated. It 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.

The Adirondack Council’s mission is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack Park. The Council envisions an Adirondack Park comprised of large, core Wilderness areas, surrounded by working forests and farms and vibrant local communities.

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

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