WPC Receives Highest Rating from National Charity Evaluator for Fourth Consecutive Year

Mon, Apr 11th 2011, 13:41. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – April 11, 2011 – Even as the economy continues to recover, donors are seeking more accountability and quantifiable results from the nonprofit organizations they choose to support. Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator, recently awarded the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) its highest four-star rating for a fourth consecutive year.

WPC is the only environmentally related nonprofit in Western Pennsylvania to receive a four-star rating. Charity Navigator’s method of evaluation uses data-driven analysis to assess the charitable sector.

According to Charity Navigator officials, only nine percent of the charities they rate have received at least four consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in the nation.

“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” according to Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s president and chief executive officer.

“This important recognition reflects WPC’s commitment to its donors and members,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “We know they expect the Conservancy to make the most effective use of their charitable investments. We are pleased that Charity Navigator continues to verify that contributions are well-managed and properly distributed towards the mission and vision of WPC.”

Individuals can obtain more detailed information about the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s rating and that of others on the organization’s website at www.charitynavigator.org. You can access the WPC’s Charity Navigator profile directly at http://goo.gl/Q7gmn.



About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten state parks, conserved nearly 230,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Director of Communications
(412) 586-2358


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.