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Trees Atlanta Earns 4th Consecutive 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

(Atlanta, July 6, 2017) – Trees Atlanta’s strong 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 4th consecutive time that Trees Atlanta has earned this top distinction. Only 12% of the charities evaluated have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating Trees Atlanta’s status as one of the healthiest and most well-run nonprofits in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Trees Atlanta apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.
“We are proud to receive a fourth-consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator,” said Connie Veates, Co-Executive Director of Trees Atlanta. “Charity Navigator is the gold standard in independent charity evaluation, and receiving this designation from such a highly regarded organization is a testament to the hard work of our board and staff.”

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.

“Trees Atlanta’s 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 Trees Atlanta 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 Trees Atlanta.”

Trees Atlanta’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.

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 Trees Atlanta
Trees Atlanta is a nationally-recognized nonprofit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving and educating. Since 1985, Trees Atlanta has planted and maintained more than 119,000 trees. For more information about Trees Atlanta, call 404-522-4097 or visit www.treesatlanta.org.

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