North Carolina Coastal Federation earns top marks for fiscal stewardship

Published 12:08 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

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Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator, has recognized the North Carolina Coastal Federation with its highest four-star rating, awarding it an outstanding overall score of 100%. The Coastal Federation, which works to protect and restore coastal habitats and water quality, has been designated as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that it uses donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.

Since 2001, Charity Navigator has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually, connecting millions of people to the best charities that align with their passions and values. Their comprehensive ratings encompass the cost-effectiveness and overall health of a charity’s programs, including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability.

Charity Navigator launched a new and more detailed rating system in 2022 that includes multiple scoring categories. Under this new system, the Coastal Federation scored 100% on accountability and finance for its outstanding financial efficiency, sustainability and trustworthiness. Charity Navigator also evaluated the Federation’s commitment to its mission, vision and goals, awarding the top score of 100%. The rating agency also noted the Federation’s strong commitment to the community and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, awarding a score of 93%.

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“With more than 40 years’ experience protecting and restoring the coast, we know the importance of being good stewards of both the environment and of our donor’s gifts,” said Federation founder and executive director Todd Miller. “Over the years, we have earned the trust of our supporters and partners, which has, in turn, helped ensure our continued success.”

“We are delighted to provide the North Carolina Coastal Federation with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work the Coastal Federation can accomplish in the years ahead.”

In 2024, the Coastal Federation will put public donations to work restoring oyster reefs, installing living shorelines, protecting water quality, cleaning up thousands of pounds of marine debris, and providing engaging coastal education programs.

This is the Coastal Federation’s ninth consecutive year with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. The Federation also earned a 2023 Platinum Seal of Transparency on Candid (formerly Guidestar), the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.