UWPC Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Third Straight Year

United Way of Pueblo County’s 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 third consecutive time the organization has earned this top distinction.

“United Way of Pueblo County Board of Trustees, Finance and Fund Distribution Committees, and staff hold donor stewardship and transparency as a top priority,” said United Way of Pueblo County President/CEO Shanna M. Farmer. “It’s important that our donors, partners, and community members know we operate within or exceed industry best practices and can trust that donations are used under good governance and financial accountability.”

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 UWPC to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our 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 Pueblo County.”

United Way of Pueblo County’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.  

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.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of four-star charities.

United Way of Pueblo County has also received the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar.