Island Institute earns coveted 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

By Island Institute | Nov 04, 2015
Third consecutive year with highest-possible rating


ROCKLAND—Island Institute’s 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 third consecutive year that Island Institute 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.

“Island Institute’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only 14% have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Island Institute outperforms most other charities in America. Island Institute supporters should feel very confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly because of this high rating.”

“It’s important that our donors know they can trust us to use their money wisely and effectively,” said Rob Snyder, president of the Island Institute. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

Island Institute’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator,, 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 Island Institute

The Island Institute is a non-profit organization based in Rockland, Maine that works to sustain Maine’s island and remote coastal communities. The organization works to strengthen community economies, enhance workforce and leadership for the future, and deliver and share solutions for sustaining communities. Program areas include community development, economic development, education, energy, marine resources, and media.

To learn more about the Island Institute or become a member, visit

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