Charity ratings outfit gives top marks to 9 Springs nonprofits

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Nine Colorado Springs nonprofits received the top rating from a national organization that helps people make informed decisions about charitable giving.

Eight of the nonprofits received four-star ratings from Charity Navigator last year, when it based its rankings solely on an organization’s financial health as measured by program and administrative expenses, fundraising expenses and efficiency, revenue and similar indicators.

But last month, Charity Navigator broadened the way it assesses nonprofits, adding an organization’s accountability and transparency practices to the mix.

“So the latest rating is even more prestigious because it covers both their finances and commitment to being accountable and transparent,” Charity Navigator spokeswoman Sandra Miniutti said Friday.

New to the four-star list is the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, which received three stars during the last assessment. The other local nonprofits to get four stars are Bibles For The World; Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado; Colorado College; Compassion International; Development Associates International; Engineering Ministries International; Pikes Peak United Way; and VisionTrust International.

Compassion International also makes Charity Navigator’s list of the top 10 charities with the most consecutive four-star ratings. The Christian-based organization, which helps more than 1 million children living in poverty worldwide, has received 10 back-to-back four-star ratings.

Miniutti said that 23 percent of U.S. charities have a four-star rating, and 15 percent have at least two consecutive four-star ratings.

For more information, go to www.charitynavigator.org.—Contact Barbara Cotter: 636-0194Twitter @BarbaraCotterFacebook Gazette Barbara Cotter

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