United Way of Indian River County would not be a successful agent for change without the trust and confidence of its donors and volunteers. To continue to earn that trust, we have established comprehensive accountability guidelines that are regularly reviewed by our Board of Directors and Finance Committee. As part of our efforts to be both accountable and transparent in our operations, our annual audit and IRS Form 990 are available below.
United Way of Indian River County’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.
“United Way of Indian River County’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars – a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. United Way of Indian River County’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.”
“It’s important that we are trusted to use donor funds wisely providing the building blocks for a good life in the areas of education, financial stability and health,” said Michael Kint, United Way of Indian River County CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures for openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T 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 Indian River County’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge at www.charitynavigator.org.