Ecotrust achieves 11th consecutive top rating from Charity Navigator
Release Date: 03-06-2013

Portland, Ore. — Ecotrust announced today that it has earned an eleventh consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity evaluator and most trusted information source for responsible giving. This is the highest rating awarded annually by Charity Navigator, putting Ecotrust among an elite group comprised of less than 1% of 6,000 charities rated.

Ecotrust prides itself on being a bold innovator in building resilient economies, communities, and ecosystems.  At the same time, accountability and transparency are crucial to being a resilient organization and a reliable partner to a growing community of Ecotrust donors. “We are constantly working to improve our good governance to consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way,” says Astrid Scholz, President of Ecotrust.

Charity Navigator’s data-driven analysis method has been profiled by Forbes, Business Week,and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others. Its ratings show givers how efficiently an organization will use their financial support today, how well that organization has sustained its programs and services over time, and its level of commitment to being accountable and transparent.


About Ecotrust
Ecotrust’s mission is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies and ecosystems here and around the world. Over more than 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $80 million in grants into more than $800 million in capital for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding the world’s first environmental bank, starting the world’s first ecosystem investment fund, creating a range of programs in fisheries, forestry, food, farms and indigenous affairs, and developing new scientific and information tools to improve social, economic and environmental decision making. Ecotrust works locally in ways that promise hope abroad, and it takes inspiration from the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership. Learn more at