WATERBURY — United Way of Greater Waterbury has received Charity Navigator’s four star rating for the third consecutive year.

Charity Navigator was founded in 2001 by Pat and Marion Dugan with the goal of creating an unbiased source of information that provides charitable givers and social investors with the tools necessary to make informed giving decisions.

Evaluations are provided at no charge to the public and Charity Navigator does not accept advertising or donations from evaluated organizations.

“United Way of Greater Waterbury’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

“Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our four-star rating.

“This adds United Way of Greater Waterbury to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support United Way of Greater Waterbury.”

A four-star rating is the highest possible rating and indicates an organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

United Way of Greater Waterbury invests $.89 of every dollar raised in approaches that advance equity and measurable outcomes.

“I’m proud of the United Way of Greater Waterbury team because we are able to make a difference in the community and do so while demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency,” said Kristen Jacoby, president and CPO of United Way of Greater Waterbury.

“Our operational model is so resilient that we’ve been able to respond to the new needs presented by the pandemic as we continue our work in the three impact areas of basic needs, education and financial stability.” 

United Way of Greater Waterbury’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at www.charitynavigator.org

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