The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second time that Rockland Federation has earned this top distinction in recent years.
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.
"The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County'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 the Jewish Federation of Rockland 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 the Jewish Federation of Rockland.”
"Charity Navigator is a third party evaluator; an honest broker if you will, of any charity's transparency in governance and financial accountability,” explained Rockland Federation CEO Gary Siepser. "Federation is completely open and puts the information right on our website. This gives generous donors assurance that they are making the right choice in supporting this organization, to accomplish their philanthropic goals today and into the future."
The Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County's rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about the Jewish Federation of Rockland's rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.