WPC Receives Top Rating for Sound Fiscal Management for Fifth Consecutive Year

Wed, Mar 7th 2012, 12:05. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 7, 2012 – For the fifth consecutive year, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has received the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator, the country’s leading charity evaluator.

According to Charity Navigator officials, the Conservancy is among only four percent of the charities they rate that have received five consecutive four-star evaluations. This rating indicates that WPC consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in the nation. The rating also signifies that the Conservancy adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities.

“Our goal in all of this is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Western Pennsylvania Conservancy from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Established in 1932, WPC is the Commonwealth’s first conservancy. In addition to land protection and watershed conservation work, the Conservancy operates and preserves Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pa. and enriches cities and towns through community gardens and greenspaces.

“We are honored to receive this continuing recognition from Charity Navigator, which demonstrates our commitment to making the most of our members’ contributions towards the Conservancy’s work and mission,” said Tom Saunders, WPC president and CEO.

WPC recently received another significant third-party endorsement when the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, awarded the Conservancy full accreditation in February.

The accreditation process involved an extensive external review of WPC’s governance and management, and the systems and policies it uses to protect land. The status indicates that the Conservancy meets national standards for excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that conservation efforts are permanent. The Conservancy is one of 158 land trusts nationwide that have been awarded accreditation since the process was initiated in 2008.

Individuals can obtain more information about the Conservancy’s rating and that of others on the Charity Navigator’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 has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 232,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which 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 13,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 11,000 members. WPC is accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

Media contact:
Eric Sloss
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358



The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
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