Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has awarded its highest four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

“Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix’s 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Charity Navigator Chief Operating Officer Tim Gamory. “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the 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.”

Dugan said that only one in four of the thousands of charities Charity Navigator evaluates has received its highest rating, “indicating that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix outperforms most other charities in America.”

“We are overwhelmed by this designation from Charity Navigator,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “It is particularly gratifying because it is not something that we applied for but was earned based on Charity Navigator’s own research, analysis and evaluation.  Much of the credit certainly goes to our board of directors and staff who operate at the highest levels of integrity and ethics.”

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.