June 3, 2010
Director, Communications & Outreach
Ecotrust Named As One Of America's Most Trustworthy Charities
PORTLAND, Ore., June 3, 2010 – Ecotrust today announced that it has earned an eighth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the organization’s ability to efficiently manage and grow finances. Only one percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator – America’s premier charity evaluator – have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations.
The new “exceptional” designation for Ecotrust from Charity Navigator differentiates Ecotrust from its peers and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of their trust. As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they support. In the competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator highlights the work of efficient charities such as Ecotrust and provides donors with essential information they need to make sound donation decisions.
According to Charity Navigator’s analysis, Ecotrust consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and fiscally outperforms most other charities.
Over nearly 20 years, Ecotrust has converted $60 million in grants into more than $300 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 children’s health, 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 honors and supports the wisdom of Native and First Nation leadership in its work. More on the Web at www.ecotrust.org.