Wyman Center’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. This is the third consecutive time that Wyman has earned this top distinction.
“Only 10% of the charities rated have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Wyman Center outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Wyman from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator said in a letter to Wyman.
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.
“It’s important to us, that our donors and community trust that we’re using our funding wisely to enable teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities, in St. Louis and nationally,” said Dave Hilliard, Wyman President/CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that Wyman staff and board members take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
Wyman’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Wyman’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.