Charity Navigator’s new focus on results causes concern
Charity Navigator’s decision to add Results Reporting as one of its main criteria for awarding its coveted stars has generated concern in nonprofit boardrooms across the nation – especially among those with long-standing four-star ratings.
Based on Charity Navigator’s early research on nonprofits’ results reporting, concern is likely in order. Panic, however, is not. While Charity Navigator is now posting results reporting-based data for some of the 6,000-plus nonprofits it rates, no organization’s star ratings will be affected for a few years.
In its announcement of the evolving change, the charity ratings organization noted that “this analysis will not impact any charity’s star rating until we have gathered the data for all 10,000.” It went on to note that it may need four years to complete the complex analysis necessary.