On Wednesday, August 17, Girls Inc. CEO Barbara Ben-Horin and Director of Programs Kristina Webster were guests on Aha! About Education on KZSB Radio 1290AM. With host Neil Kreisel, the live conversation covered topics including why Girls Inc. is still relevant with so many perceived advancements made toward female equity, the organization’s transgender inclusion policy, and what a girl and her family can expect from the highly-regarded after-school program, which begins its 2016-2017 school year on August 22.
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s 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.
“Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. 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 Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara.”
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 its methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of the four-star charities.