November 12, 2013

Contact:
Tom Myrick, communications director
International Wolf Center
3410 Winnetka Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Office: 763-560-7374 ext. 225
Cell: 763-560-7368
Tom Myrick

The International Wolf Center announced today it has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the highest rating given by Charity Navigator  for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.
 
“We are thrilled and gratified to move from a 3-star rating to a 4-star rating,” said executive director Rob Schultz. “It just goes to prove to our faithful donors and members that we take stewardship of their generosity very, very seriously.”
 
The recognition comes just a week before the Give MN event, November 14, when the Center will be competing with hundreds of other Minnesota charities for donations.
 
“These are challenging times for most charities as well as charitable givers who want to make sure their donations are being used as wisely as humanly possible,” says Schultz. “This coveted 4-star rating places the International Wolf Center in a very select group of high-performing charities.”
   
The International Wolf Center’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.  More-detailed information about the Center’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
 
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T 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.
 
About Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org)
 
Charity Navigator 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 roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). 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.

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The International Wolf Center advances the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wildlands and the human role in their future.