Local United Way Earns 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator … Seventh Consecutive Time


United Way of Northern New Mexico’s (UWNNM) 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 7th consecutive time that UWNNM has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 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.

“United Way of Northern New Mexico’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator, “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars — a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. UWNNM’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega issued a special thanks to her organizations regional partners, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Security, along with UWNNM Cornerstone Sponsors, Los Alamos National Bank, SOC, Cray Inc., Tsay Federal Contracting Company, Rio Grande Sun, ReMax of Los Alamos, JB Henderson, BCBS of New Mexico and Del Norte Credit Union, for their support of the administrative functions at United Way of Northern New Mexico. “We couldn’t do it without you,” she said.

“It’s important our investors trust that we’re using our funding wisely as we continue to engage human and financial resources to improve the quality of life of the people in Northern New Mexico.” Ortega said. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our investors that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

United Way of Northern New Mexico rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More detailed information about UWNNM’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

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.

About United Way of Northern New Mexico

United Way’s funding is always in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. In 2014, this funding reached 18% of the total population in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba County. Community Action Funding in 2015 focuses more specifically in the areas of: Mental Wellness, youth development/mentorship, basic need assistance, Alzheimer services, and rehabilitation services. United Way of Northern New Mexico can be reached directly by telephone at (505)662-0800, or email at unitedwayofnnm@gmail.com.


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