Communities In Schools earns another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier nonprofit evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive time that Communities In Schools has earned this top distinction based on its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.
According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that CIS adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
Only 3% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Communities In Schools National Office outperforms most other charities in America.
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to reduce the dropout rate and improve outcomes for low-income students” said CIS President Dan Cardinali. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
”Communities In Schools’ coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Communities In Schools’ supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”
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 and Philanthropedia, a nonprofit aimed at helping donors give more strategically, recommends Communities In Schools as a high-impact nonprofit working with at-risk youth in the U.S.
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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.