Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, has awarded Interfaith Community Services its coveted “Four-Star” charity award for the fifth year in a row. The award honors charities for their sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Ken Berger wrote in a letter announcing the designation. Of the charities that Charity Navigator evaluates, only 4 percent have achieved five consecutive four-star ratings, meaning Interfaith Community Services outperforms most other charities in America, Berger said.
“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Interfaith Community Services from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” he wrote.
“We know supporters want to know that the dollars they donate to a charitable organization are used wisely,” said ICS Chief Executive Officer Bonnie Kampa. “Interfaith Community Services is proud of this four-star designation, which underscores our commitment to fiscal and operational transparency. The award is the result of a lot of people — from our finance, program and development staff to our Board of Directors and volunteers — working closely together. It takes a total agency effort.”
ICS helps Pima County seniors, disabled individuals and people in financial crisis achieve stable and independent lives through programs and services supported by staff, volunteers, faith communities and the community at large. ICS provides food, job assistance, and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to provide seniors and disabled individuals with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals. ICS offers compassionate support by connecting 650 volunteers and 75 diverse faith communities with the community’s most vulnerable residents. From nutritious food to health evaluations to a ride to the doctor’s office, ICS helps more than 33,500 people a year.