Charity Navigator Rating


The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year that the Humane Society of Sarasota County has earned this top distinction.

Of the more than 1,500 Sarasota-based non-profit organizations, only 10 were awarded Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, and HSSC is the only 4-star animal welfare organization in Sarasota. Furthermore, HSSC has the highest overall score of all 10 of those 4-star-rated charities (97.17 out of a possible 100 points). In the entire United States, HSSC is part of a preeminent group of just 141 animal welfare organizations that are 4-star rated.

Since 2002, using objective 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 operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded the methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of the 4-star charities.

“The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 21% of charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that the Humane Society of Sarasota County outperforms most other charities in America.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission of engaging the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals,” said Christen Benson, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Sarasota County. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that not only do we set high standards for governance, transparency, and accountability—we meet them.”

The Humane Society of Sarasota County’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available on  Detailed information is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, a free service. View HSSC’s profile here.

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