Georgia Historical Society Awarded Eleventh Consecutive 4-Star Rating by Charity Navigator

Atlanta, Ga., December 9, 2020 – The Georgia Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded its eleventh consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Georgia Historical Society exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in this area of work. Only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least eleven consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Georgia Historical Society outperforms most other charities in America,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation sets Georgia Historical Society apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added seventeen metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability and Transparency metrics account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating and reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

“It is an honor to receive this distinction for the eleventh consecutive year and to be counted among the elite 1 percent of non-profits nationwide,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “This has been an unprecedented year for non-profits nationwide so it is even more critical that donors feel that they can give with confidence based on transparency and sound fiscal management. This designation would not have been possible without the leadership of Thomas M. Holder, our Board Chairman, the GHS Board of Curators, and Laura García-Culler, GHS Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.”

GHS is one of only four non-profits in Georgia to receive eleven or more consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator and the only non-profit under the designation of Arts, Culture, Humanities.

Additionally, GHS is one of only four Arts, Culture, Humanities institutions in the entire country with eleven or more consecutive 4-star ratings. Others in this category include the New York Public Library, the American Battlefield Trust, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Georgia Historical Society (GHS) is the premier independent statewide institution responsible for collecting, examining, and teaching Georgia history. GHS houses the oldest and most distinguished collection of materials related exclusively to Georgia history in the nation.
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