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Financial Measures Task Force


In 2002, Charity Navigator launched a website that rated the Financial Health of charities. Over the years, we’ve made some enhancements to that system. For example, in response to the negative impact the recession had on certain types of charities, we adjusted the way in which we rated those charities during the time of the recession.

In 2011, after we launched CN 2.0, our expanded rating system that also evaluates Accountability & Transparency, we decided it was a good time to go back to our original rating dimension – the Financial Health of charities – and see if some more substantial changes were in order. We formed a task force of financial experts from around the country to help us think through how we could make our financial analysis even more powerful. (This task force is a subcommittee of our Advisory Panel which is guiding our development of CN 3.0, a three dimensional rating system that looks at Financial Health, Accountability & Transparency as well as Results Reporting). 

In addition to staff, our Financial Measures Task Force Membership includes: 

  • Andrew Silverstein- CPA, Partner, Dorfman Abrams Music LLC
  • Beverly Armstrong- CFO, The Atlantic Council
  • Janet Gibbs- President and CEO, Mission Accomplished
  • Sarah A. Gillman- Chief Financial Officer, The Children's Aid Society
  • James Tuite- VP, Finance & Operations/ CFO, ChildFund International
  • Eric Wetterling- CPA, Assistant Controller, World Vision, Inc.
  • Jesse Lecy- Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
  • Elizabeth A.M. Searing- Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University at Albany
  • Michael Meenan- CFO, Special Olympics

This Task Force completed its work in the spring of 2016 with the implementation of CN 2.1, our enhanced Financial Health rating metrics. We thank all of the Financial Measures Task Force members for volunteering their time to help us in this endeavor and hope that they will continue to assist us as our rating system continues to evolve


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