Metro YMCA Earns Top Rating from Largest Charity Evaluator in U.S.

By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, November 7, 2019 | News

Charity Navigator logo with four stars

For the ninth straight year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Metro YMCAs of the Oranges exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote in a Nov. 1 letter. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Metro YMCAs of the Oranges apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Only 3 percent of the charities evaluated have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations, Thatcher noted.

“We are honored to again receive Charity Navigator’s highest distinction, knowing it assures our supporters that the Metro YMCA uses their donations judiciously to fulfill our mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said.

The Metro YMCA serves an estimated 35,000 people through its seven branches: East Orange YMCA, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, South Mountain YMCA, Sussex County YMCA, Wayne YMCA, and Greater Bergen County YMCA. 

Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 organizations to help people decide which charities are worthy of their donations. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organization it evaluates to ensure unbiased evaluations, and it doesn’t charge the public to access its data.

To make a donation to the Metro YMCA and support programs that strengthen communities, go to metroymcas.org or contact Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly at lkelly@metroymcas.org or 973-758-9622.


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