Ronald McDonald House Charities earns top rating from Charity Navigator


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix joined a very exclusive group of nonprofit organizations with the awarding of its second consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading charity evaluator.

In his letter of congratulations, Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher said that “only 21 percent of the charities we rate have received at least two consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix outperforms most other charities in America.”

Mr. Thatcher also wrote that “this ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix from its peers and demonstrates to the public is it worthy of their trust.”

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven 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 have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“We have always taken great pride not only in the services we provide to families who look to us for a safe, warm and comfortable place to stay while their children are facing severe medical issues, but in how we operate every aspect of the organization,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.

“Being recognized for those efforts by Charity Navigator is an overwhelming credit to our staff and volunteers and gives us a deep sense of pride.”

To earn the four-star rating, RMHC scored 100 (out of 100) on Charity Navigator’s rating system for Accountability and Transparency and an 86.53 financial rating for an overall score of 90.47.  RMHC invests 74 percent of total expenses on programs and services with just 5.7 percent allocated for administrative costs.

“As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” Mr. Thatcher wrote.

“Our goal in all of this is to provide donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.”

For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit  For more information about Charity Navigator, visit


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