Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225
Arlington, VA   22203
www.nmcrs.org

Contact: Shelley Marshall, Captain, United States Navy (Retired)
Vice President, Chief Development and Communications Officer
(703) 696-7449/(800) 654-8364 office
DSN 426-4904
(703) 395-1065 cell
Fax (703) 696-0144
shelley.marshall@nmcrs.org

NAVY-MARINE CORPS RELIEF SOCIETY EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

Arlington, VA, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 – Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.  In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T 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.

“Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator.  “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

“It’s very important our donors trust that we’re using their contributions wisely to provide financial assistance to active duty and retired Sailors, Marines and their families,” said Admiral Steve Abbot, President and CEO Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.  More-detailed information about Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Since 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has provided financial assistance and education to active duty and retired members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members and survivors – when in need. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Society is a non-profit, charitable organization that is staffed by nearly 3,700 volunteers, and a small cadre of employees, in offices around the world – ashore and aboard ships.

For more information about the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, please visit www.nmcrs.org.

 

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