PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 6, 2019): The Onward We Learn of Rhode Island, the state’s most comprehensive college access program, has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This highest rating reflects the Onward We Learn’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating, and only a quarter of charities it rates receive this distinction. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics focused on governance, ethical practices and measures of openness to its ratings methodology. These metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are transparent with their donors and stakeholders.
The Onward We Learn has received a 4-star rating in seven of the last 10 years. “The Onward We Learn of Rhode Island’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the Onward We Learn.”
“Our donors and partners make it possible for us to prepare and inspire young people in Rhode Island to become the first in their families to attend and complete college,” said Andrew Bramson, president and CEO of the Onward We Learn of Rhode Island. “It’s important that our donors trust that we’re using their contributions wisely, and our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates our good governance and financial accountability.”
The Onward We Learn’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. Charity Navigator’s website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 charities. The 501 (c) (3) public charity accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.