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

Atlanta, Ga., November 22, 2019 –  The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) announced today that the institution has been awarded its tenth consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“We are proud to announce Georgia Historical Society has earned its tenth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicated that the organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 2 percent of charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that Georgia Historical Society outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Georgia Historical Society apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

In addition to being in an elite 2 percent of charities nationwide, GHS is one of only four non-profits in Georgia to receive ten 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 institutions in the Arts, Culture, and Humanities category nationwide with ten or more consecutive 4-star ratings. Others in this category include the New York Public Library and the American Battlefield Trust. 
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.  
“Transparency and sound fiscal responsibility are the goal of everyone at the Georgia Historical Society, and earning this honor ten years in a row would not be possible without the leadership of Walter M. Deriso, our Board Chairman, the entire GHS Board of Curators, and Laura García-Culler, GHS Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “It is our great honor to receive this distinction for the tenth consecutive year and to be counted among the elite 2 percent of non-profits nationwide. Our generous donors may continue to give with confidence.”
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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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