Smoky Mountain Children’s Home Earns 4-Star from Charity Navigator

Sevierville, TN – Dr. Shane Smith, Director of Business and Records for Smoky Mountain Children’s Home recently announced the local children’s home has once again received a prestigious award: the Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

The award verifies sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. Smith went on to say that it is “an honor for Smoky Mountain Children’s Home to earn such a distinction, proving the institution’s financial integrity.”

“It is important for our donors to trust that we are using their donations wisely to accomplish the goal of caring for children and youth,” said Dr. Walt Mauldin, Executive Director. “Our Four-Star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has utilized objective analysis and awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-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.

“Smoky Mountain Children’s Home’s exceptional four-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 four-star rating. This adds Smoky Mountain Children’s Home to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Smoky Mountain Children’s Home”

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