Island Harvest Food Bank Earns Coveted Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Fifth Consecutive Year
Sound governance, strong fiscal health, accountability, and transparency are determining factors in earning prestigious designation —
LONG ISLAND, NY — June 5, 2018 — Island Harvest Food Bank’s robust financial health, sound governance, and a longstanding commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that Island Harvest Food Bank has earned this top distinction, according to Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO, of the Bethpage- and Hauppauge-based hunger-relief organization.
Informing Island Harvest Food Bank of the four-star rating, Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator’s president and CEO of Charity Navigator wrote, “Island Harvest outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Island Harvest apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of a four-star rating, according to Thatcher, noting that Island Harvest Food Bank belongs to a “preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges.”
“It’s important our contributors’ trust that we’re using their donations wisely to support our efforts in addressing the critical issue of hunger and food insecurity on Long Island,” said Shubin Dresner. “Our consistent four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”
“Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Island Harvest Food Bank,” added Charity Navigator’s Thatcher. More than 94 percent of expended resources by Island Harvest Food Bank go directly to programs and services that support more than 300,000 Long Islanders facing hunger and food insecurity.
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-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 following industry best practices and whether they are open to their donors and stakeholders.
Island Harvest Food Bank’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.
About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, 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 (c) (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 Hunger and Food Insecurity on Long Island
Food insecurity is a state in which people do not get enough food on a consistent basis to provide the nutrients for active and healthy lives. It can result from the recurrent lack of access to food. More than 300,000 Long Islanders face the risk of hunger every day, according to Island Harvest Food Bank and Feeding America®, a national hunger-relief organization. Those facing hunger include adults (often working two jobs), children, senior citizens, and veterans. Unable to make ends meet, they (and their children) are often forced to go without food. Approximately 70,000 individuals seek food assistance in Nassau and Suffolk counties each week through soup kitchens, food pantries and other feeding programs served by Island Harvest Food Bank.
About Island Harvest Food Bank
Island Harvest Food Bank is a leading hunger-relief organization that provides food and other resources to people in need. Always treating those it helps with dignity and respect, its goal is to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island through efficient food collection and distribution; enhanced hunger-awareness and nutrition-education programs; job training; and direct services targeted at children, senior citizens, veterans, and others at risk of food insecurity. As a result of Island Harvest Food Bank’s dynamic business model, more than 94 percent of expended resources go directly to programs and services that support more than 300,000 Long Islanders facing hunger. Island Harvest Food Bank is a lead agency in the region’s emergency response preparedness for food and product distribution, and is a member of Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization. For five consecutive years, Island Harvest Food Bank has earned a four-star-rating from Charity Navigator, a leading independent charity watchdog organization. Island Harvest Food Bank is among just 9% of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator to merit the four-star designation. More information about Island Harvest Food Bank can be found at www.islandharvest.org