The American Veterinary Medical Foundation received an early birthday present when Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, announced on Nov. 6, 2012, that it awarded the AVMF its highest rating for the second consecutive year.
“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that your organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” according to a letter from Charity Navigator’s president, Ken Berger. “Only 17 percent of the charities we rate have received at least two consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that American Veterinary Medical Foundation outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates American Veterinary Medical Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
Dr. Richard “Dick” P. Streett Jr., chair of the AVMF board of directors, said it was a well-deserved recognition of the Foundation’s work.
“That puts us in a new light across the U.S. as far as animal charities as a result of the hard work of Mike Cathey, the staff, board of directors, and all of the donors to the foundation. It’s a perfect example of how far we’ve come, and now we’re trying to go to next level,” he said.