United Way receives distinction from both GuideStar and Charity Navigator

NASHUA – United Way of Greater Nashua announced Tuesday that it has received the very unusual distinction of being recognized by both GuideStar and Charity Navigator with their highest levels of certification for accountability, transparency and financial management. GuideStar is an independent agency that evaluates nonprofits across the country in terms of their policies and practices. According to GuideStar’s website, “Our mission is to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.”

Charity Navigator also is an independent nonprofit rating agency that in its letter to United Way states, “We are proud to announce that your organization has earned a 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that United Way of Greater Nashua exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets United Way of Greater Nashua apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg said, “We are very pleased to have been recognized as one of only two platinum level GuideStar charities in Greater Nashua, which has over 800 nonprofits, and one of only 14 4-Star nonprofits in the entire state of New Hampshire, which has over 8,000 nonprofits. Obviously, we are very proud to receive this distinction.”

Ratings from GuideStar go from unrated to bronze, silver, gold and platinum, with each level signifying a higher level of accountability to donors, volunteers and the community at large, and ratings from Charity Navigator go from unrated to 1, 2, 3 and 4 stars.

“GuideStar and Charity Navigator are sort of like Angie’s List and BBB for nonprofits. As a nonprofit serving Greater Nashua since 1930, it is important that we fight for health, education, and financial stability in a way which is also completely accountability to those we serve,” Apfelberg said.

For more information, United Way can be found online at www.unitedwaynashua.org; more information about GuideStar can be found at www.guidestar.org; and more information on Charity Navigator can be found at www.charitynavigator.org.