United Way of Central Alabama moves into first place on Charity Navigator’s Top 10 list of charities

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Photo of United Way of Central Alabama staff and volunteers via the UWCA Facebook page

Birmingham – this is a big community-wide accomplishment.

For the 17th consecutive year, the United Way of Central Alabama has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator.

As a result, this year’s award  moves our local United Way into first place on Charity Navigator’s national Top 10 list of charities with the most 4-star ratings.

Here is the Top 10 list of 4-star charities

United Way of Central Alabama
United Way of Central Alabama sits atop national Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating top 10 list

A couple of additional items of note: UWCA received a 100.00 – Perfect Score   – and there are only 6 charities in the U.S. who have for 17 years consecutively received a 4-star rating.

Less than 1 percent

Local veterans. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Why is this a big deal?

Receiving Charity Navigator’s top distinction indicates the organization adheres to best nonprofit practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Less than 1% of the charities evaluated have received at least 17 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that United Way of Central Alabama outperforms most other charities in America.

United Way of Central Alabama’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds UWCA to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support United Way of Central Alabama.”

Charity Navigator, is the largest charity evaluator in America evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities.  Its popular website – www.charitynavigator.org – attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined.

“This honor puts United Way of Central Alabama in an elite group of high performing charities,” said Drew Langloh, President and CEO. “Our donors and volunteers should be confident that their generosity to United Way will responsibly support programs that improve our community.”

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Photo of United Way of Central Alabama staff and volunteers via the UWCA Facebook page

The ratings do show that money is being used most efficiently to help in as many areas possible to reach those in need.

Learn More

For additional details about UWCA’s rating and other information about charitable giving visit  www.charitynavigator.org.

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.