OCEAN — For the sixth year in a row, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator — the highest possible rating from the nonprofit evaluator.

According to Charity Navigator, only nine percent of charities receive a 4-star rating six consecutive years. In addition to the highest rating, this year the federation actually earned the highest ranking score of 100. “We’re proud to be one of the top environmental non-profits,” said Todd Miller, executive director of the federation. “This is a real tribute to our staff and supporters who work tirelessly for the coast.”

Charity Navigator lists exceptional charities that execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities.

According to Charity Navigator, the federation earned a perfect score for financial health, accountability and transparency totaling a perfect 100-point overall score. Less than one percent of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores.

In a recent letter to the federation, Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator explained, “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.” He also noted that “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets North Carolina Coastal Federation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Charity Navigator is the largest independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. It annually rates nonprofits for their financial health and transparency and accountability.

“Based on our 4-star rating, donors can trust their contributions will be put to good use by a financially responsible and ethical charity,” said Sarah King, the federation’s development director.

She notes that to celebrate this rating, donors are invited to contribute to the federation’s efforts to clean up marine debris from our coast. For every dollar donated to the marine debris campaign between now and Dec. 31, the federation will clean up one pound of trash in 2020. Visit nccoast.org/CleanOurCoast to donate and visit nccoast.org/marinedebris for the latest news about the federation’s accomplishments addressing marine debris.