Shriners Hospitals for Children Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator


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Shriners Hospitals for Children’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 second consecutive time that Shriners Hospitals for Children has earned this top distinction.

Dubbed by many as “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy,” Shriners Hospitals for Children is a pediatric health care system devoted to providing medical care and research to help children with congenital disorders, orthopaedic challenges, burns, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cleft lip and other complex surgical needs.  Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is one of many facilities in the Shriners Hospital network — a network that extends from coast-to-coast in the United States and includes hospitals in Canada and Mexico City.

“Through their support, our generous donors are investing in the medical care, research and rehabilitation that give children a chance to achieve their greatest potential,” said Alan Anderson, Director of Development at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. “We are so grateful for their kindness and generosity, and we want our supporters to know that their contributions are managed with care and concern. We are proud to share our 4-star Charity Navigator rating with our community.”

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. On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

The exceptional 4-star rating sets Shriners Hospitals for Children 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. 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 Shriners Hospitals for Children.”   

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator 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 © (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 Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our health care system provides advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, chest wall malformations and other complex pediatric surgery needs. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.