Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 15 – For the 15th time since 2002, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has received a four-star rating for strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.

According to Charity Navigator, the four-star rating is the highest possible rating it issues and indicates that the Conservancy 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.

“The intent of our work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in the charitable decisions they make,” said Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator president and CEO in a letter to the Conservancy. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Established in 1932, WPC is the Commonwealth’s first conservancy. In addition to land 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 more than 130 community gardens and other greenspaces in 20 counties.

“We are honored to receive this continuing recognition from Charity Navigator. We are committed to making the most of the generous financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations towards our work and mission,” said Tom Saunders, WPC president and CEO.

More information about the Conservancy’s rating and that of others is available on the Charity Navigator website at charitynavigator.org or by accessing WPC’s Charity Navigator profile.


About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932 as the Commonwealth’s first conservancy, WPC has helped to establish 10 state parks, conserved more than a quarter million acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 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 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

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