National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator


EMMITSBURG, Md. — The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive time the NFFF has earned this top distinction.

For anyone supporting a charity it’s important to know their generous donations are used wisely to make a difference. A 4-Star rating reassures potential donors that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices.  It shows that a charity consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

“Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” said Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the NFFF.  “The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conscientious about using our financial resources to honor the nation’s fallen firefighters. We do so by providing important services such as wellness conferences, camps for children of the fallen, and scholarships for the fire hero families.”

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded the methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of 4-star charities.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available for free on www.charitynavigator.org.  More-detailed information about the NFFF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers. The Foundation also works closely with the U.S. Fire Administration to help prevent and reduce line-of-duty deaths and injuries. For more information on the NFFF and its programs visit www.firehero.org.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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