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Charity Navigator Recognizes ELI with Four-Star Status

November 2013

(Washington, DC) — The Environmental Law Institute has been awarded Charity Navigator’s prestigious and highest 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that ELI adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates ELI from its peers and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of their trust.

“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said ELI President John C. Cruden. “This distinction reflects our accountability to the public and our commitment to remain true to our vision of a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.”

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated Charity Navigator’s method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector.

Charity Navigator calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.