United Way earns highest nonprofit rating

United Way of Cascade County recognized for efficiency, transparency

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, awarded United Way of Cascade County with its coveted four-star rating – the highest honor a nonprofit can earn.

This is the second consecutive year United Way has earned four stars, which recognizes a nonprofit’s sound fiscal management practices, commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator uses 17 metrics to evaluate more than 8,000 nonprofits annually.

Only 11 nonprofits in Montana and two in Great Falls have earned the four-star rating. 

“We are very proud of the efficiency, transparency and effectiveness of our work,” United Way President Gary Owen said. “Our entire team of board members, volunteers, community partners and a great staff work hard to make United Way of Cascade County one of the best nonprofits anywhere.” 

Charity Navigator President Michael Thatcher said that only 21 percent of the nonprofits the organization evaluates annually receive two consecutive four-star evaluations.

“United Way of Cascade County outperforms most other charities in America,” he said. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates United Way of Cascade County from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

“United Way of Cascade County supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

United Way of Cascade County helped 23,911 people living in Great Falls last year through grants to 32 local nonprofit programs. But it also invested in work that impacts the entire community through initiatives like Graduation Matters, which has cut the number of high school dropouts in half.

“While the numbers and ratings are nice recognition, the truly important aspects of our organization are the lives we help improve and the strengthening of our community,” Owen said.

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