JFS of Metrowest Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

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Framingham, MA – March 7, 2016 – JFS of Metrowest’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.  This is the first time that JFS of Metrowest has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These “Accountability & Transparency” 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.

“JFS of Metrowest’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars — a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  JFS of Metrowest’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 our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish JFS’s mission to stand up for those left behind,” said Marc Jacobs, JFS of Metrowest’s CEO.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

JFS of Metrowest’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about JFS of Metrowest’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, http://www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

About JFS of Metrowest

JFS is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind.  JFS provides services to over 4,500 people in need within the Metrowest region each year, including afterschool tutoring for at-risk children, comprehensive birth parent and adoption services, nutrition assistance for low-income families and crisis management and elder care planning for families struggling with the complex needs of aging parents.  To learn more about JFS visit http://www.jfsmw.org.

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