Portland, Ore. June 5, 2014 — Ecotrust announced today that it has earned a twelfth consecutive four-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 one percent of 7,400 charities rated nationwide.
“In a rapidly changing world, Ecotrust is about fostering a culture of resilience and innovation,” says Ecotrust President Astrid Scholz. “This includes gold-standard practices of good governance and transparency. We take pride in responsible management of the resources that our donors have entrusted to us.”
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.
Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO, says:
“Less than one percent of the charities we rate have received at least twelve consecutive four-star evaluations. Exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Ecotrust from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
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 assets at work for local people, businesses, and organizations from Alaska to California. Ecotrust’s many innovations include co-founding an 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 award-winning 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 www.ecotrust.org @ecotrust