National Guild Awarded Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The National Guild’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 first time that the National Guild has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator increased the metrics it uses in its ratings methodology, increasing its focus on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness. 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. 

“The National Guild’s exceptional 4-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 us receive this distinction. This adds the National Guild to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges, and means people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical organization.”
“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to advance equitable access to lifelong learning in the arts,” said Jonathan Herman, Executive Director of the National Guild. “Our 4-star rating on Charity Navigator demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

The National Guild’s rating and other information about charitable giving can be found here. More-detailed information about the National Guild’s rating is available to Charity Navigator visitors who become free registered users.

Published: March 28, 2017