WPC Ranked Among top 10 U.S. Charities

Thu, Apr 12th 2012, 07:52. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – April 12, 2012 – Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator, has recognized the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) as one of the top 10 charities in the nation.

According to Charity Navigator officials, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the other top-ranked nonprofits were among the most highly rated of the first 1,100 charities evaluated in 2002, and have consistently maintained excellent ratings in financial health, accountability and transparency over the years since then.

All 10 honorees currently hold four-star ratings in every category. Charity Navigator developed the list in conjunction with its tenth anniversary.

“We are honored to be recognized with this ranking, especially as we celebrate the Conservancy’s 80th anniversary this year,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “We are committed to wisely and efficiently managing the support we receive as we work to protect Western Pennsylvania’s natural areas, rivers and streams, habitats and special places like Fallingwater.”

WPC was Pennsylvania’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 enhances the region’s cities and towns through community gardens and greenspaces.

Currently, Charity Navigator ranks more than 5,500 charities to help guide individuals in their charitable giving. Their website has more than three million unique visitors (generating roughly 5 million visits) annually.

“Our goal is to help people give to charity with confidence. At the same time, we aim to help charities by shining lights on truly effective organizations. In doing so, we believe we can help ensure that charitable giving keeps pace with the growing need for charitable programs,” said Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator examines two broad areas of performance—financial health and accountability and transparency—showing potential donors how efficiently a charity will use their support, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and its level of commitment to being accountable and transparent.

Individuals can obtain more detailed information about the anniversary ranking on the organization’s website at www.charitynavigator.org. WPC’s Charity Navigator profile can be accessed 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)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.