Asheville Humane Society receives highest rating from national charity evaluator

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Asheville Humane Society

Charity Navigator has awarded Asheville Humane Society its highest rating, four stars, for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities.

This exceptional ranking of four stars out of a possible four, demonstrates that Asheville Humane Society adheres to good governance and fiscal responsibility. Only 25 percent of charities receive this four-star evaluation, indicating that Asheville Humane Society outperforms most other charities in America.

“We are proud to report that for every dollar raised, 85.6% is spent directly on programs that help us fulfill our mission of promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption,” said David Smith, Asheville Humane Society Board Chair.

“I am especially grateful to our large, dedicated volunteer force who is a major contributor to keeping our expenses down,” continued Smith. “Their work is the equivalent of having 48 full-time staff members. That kind of devotion is just as meaningful and informative to me as our four-star rating.”

Charity Navigator provides essential information that gives donors greater confidence in the charitable choices they support. Receiving four stars demonstrates to the public that Asheville Humane Society is worthy of their trust. Under Charity Navigator’s formula combining sound fiscal management and accountability, Asheville Humane Society received a score of 62.06 out of a possible 70, placing us in the “exceptional” category.

“Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Asheville Humane Society 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,” said Ken Berger, president and chief executive officer of Charity Navigator.

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption. Asheville Humane Society is a private, non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization focused on saving lives of homeless animals.

Asheville Humane Society is the largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in western North Carolina and has been saving lives of homeless animals in Buncombe County since 1984. We are dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption.


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