September 7, 2011
Dear Charity Navigator User,
After two years of conceptual work, followed by over a year of data gathering and months of analysis, Charity Navigator is changing the way it rates charities. On September 20th, we are expanding our rating system from the 1-dimensional tool that exists today (which solely rates the financial health of charities) to a 2-dimensional tool that evaluates a charity's Accountability & Transparency and its Financial Health. We call this new system CN 2.0 and among the improvements you'll see:
Accountability & Transparency includes indicators of good governance, ethical practices and openness with information. We believe, as do most experts, that these are critical issues in determining a charity?s ability to perform at its best. You will soon have that additional knowledge to do good at your fingertips.
Thank you as always for your incredible support and interest in our work as we strive to provide you with the best guide to intelligent giving that we can.
President & CEO