The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) strong financial health 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 third consecutive time the NFFF has earned this top distinction. Only 21 percent of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
For anyone supporting a charity it’s important to know their generous donations are used wisely to make a difference. A 4-Star rating reassures potential donors that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices. It shows that a charity consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conscientious about using our financial resources to honor the nation’s fallen firefighters. We do so by providing important services such as wellness conferences, camps for children of the fallen, and scholarships for the fire hero families,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF. “We are thrilled to receive this designation from Charity Navigator for the third year in a row.”
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 4-star charities.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available for free on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about the NFFF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.