Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Receives Highest Rating for Fiscal Management

Wed, May 6th 2009, 13:28. Filed under News Releases.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – May 6, 2009 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) received a four-star rating (out of a possible four stars) for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.

This rating, the second four-star rating in a row for WPC, was based on the Conservancy’s demonstrated ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. “Only 19% of the charities we rate have received at least two 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 America,” said Ken Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator.

“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,” Berger said.

Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to the charitable sector, using a method that has been profiled in Forbes, Business Week and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine. It evaluates ten times more charities than its nearest competitor, making it the nation’s leading charity evaluator.

“We work hard to ensure that we maximize the benefit of every donor dollar as we carry out our mission of conserving the region’s most exceptional places,” said Tom Saunders, President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “This rating from Charity Navigator provides validation to our members and supporters that they can count on WPC to produce meaningful results as cost-effectively as possible.”



About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC was responsible for the founding of six state parks and has conserved nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. 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 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,300 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.


Media contact:
Stephanie Kraynick
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.