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Communities In Schools Earns 4-star Rating from Top Nonprofit Evaluator

4-Star Rating is Seventh Consecutive for CIS

By Communities In Schools Oct. 4, 2016

Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation's largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, has earned another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier nonprofit evaluator. This is the seventh consecutive time that Communities In Schools has earned this top distinction based on its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.

A 4-star rating is Charity Navigator's highest possible rating and indicates that CIS adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating also verifies that Communities In Schools National Office exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in our area of work. Only 2% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Communities In Schools outperforms most other charities in America.  

“Our supporters are investing in the futures of millions of at-risk students, to help them stay in school and on the path to graduation,” said CIS Chief Operating Officer Steven McCullough. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we're managing that support wisely and in ways that underscore our commitment to accountability and transparency."   

“Communities In Schools' 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 Communities In Schools 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 Communities In Schools.”

Communities In Schools is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has earned a gold status from GuideStar. CIS has been ranked among the top 100 national nonprofits by the NonProfit Times.

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.   

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 About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

About Communities In Schools

Working directly in more than 2,300 schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools is the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization proven to keep students in school and on the path to graduation. For the 2015-2016 school year, Communities In Schools served nearly 1.5 million students and successfully helped 99 percent of our case-managed students stay in school.