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.
March 20, 2016: A select group of local at-risk girls were given the chance to break out of their shells and take part in weekly horseback riding and exercises. Seven girls took part in the program hosted by nonprofit organizations Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara and Hearts Therapeutic, which concluded Thursday during a riding session at the Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Goleta. The therapy sessions have helped improve riders’ patience and concentration, as well as helping them feel safe and build their emotional control, said Daniella Alkobi, program spokeswoman.