People often ask what sets SOS Children’s Villages Illinois apart from other similar nonprofit organizations, especially those that work with children in foster care. Aside from our unique mode, which is helping to build the future of foster care, we are proud to report that SOS Illinois was given a four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in the United States. With distinctions like this, you can be confident in knowing that investing in the work of SOS Illinois makes a major difference!
About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator aims to “provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector.” To achieve this goal, Charity Navigator implements a two-prong approach to evaluating a charity’s reputability. According to Charity Navigator:
“Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information. In the not-too-distant future, we plan to also rate charities’ reporting of their results. We provide these ratings so that charitable givers/social investors can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the nonprofit sector can improve its performance.”
Nonprofit organizations cannot edit their star rating on Charity Navigator, nor can they simply request their rating be changed. Instead, nonprofit organizations are all held to the same standard when evaluated, ensuring visitors that each organization is assessed without bias, skew, or internal interest.
What Does it Mean to Be a Four-Star Charity on Charity Navigator?
A four-star rating is the highest rating given to nonprofits by Charity Navigator. This rating now places SOS Illinois amongst the top 25% of the 1.5 million charities in the U.S. SOS Illinois was recognized due to our dedication to fiscal responsibility, accountability, and transparency. Our four-star rating from Charity Navigator means that you can feel confident that the gift you make to SOS Illinois is positively impacting the lives of children in foster care.
Informed Giving to a Nonprofit Organization
We all appreciate knowing where our money is going when we donate to a nonprofit organization, and Charity Navigator ensures that you can make an informed decision when giving. For those looking to give, resources like Charity Navigator provide a hub of information where you can vet nonprofit organizations, view financial statements, read details on spending, and more. In doing so, an individual or company is able to determine if, in their eyes and through Charity Navigator’s recommendation, a charity is going to use their funds to create the biggest impact on the community or cause they serve. Having a four-star rating on Charity Navigator demonstrates our dedication to providing direct services to clients and communicating with transparency, ensuring our donors and corporate partners that investing in us is a wise decision.
Support Us Through Charity Navigator
SOS Illinois can now be viewed in Charity Navigator’ s list of four-star organizations. Please consider making a charitable contribution with the knowledge that your funds will go directly to serving the children and families at SOS Illinois!