Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded the Chattanooga Zoo the four-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The Chattanooga Zoo is currently the only zoo in Tennessee with a four-star rating.
“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” remarks Gary Chazen, Friends of the Zoo chair. “This award not only reflects our transparency and credibility but more importantly our staunch commitment to our mission of education and conservation.”
Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than 5,000 charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It 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 versus 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.
Chattanooga Zoo Executive Director Dardenelle Long notes how, “A 4-star rating from Charity Navigator acknowledges the Zoo’s commitment to act as a good steward of donor funds while reaffirming our role as a positive force in the local community.”
For more information on the Chattanooga Zoo’s animal collections or to plan a trip, visit www.chattzoo.org or call 697-1319