Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In its quest to help donors, its team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. It has used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 7,000 of America’s best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.
Specifically, Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability and Transparency. Its ratings show givers how efficiently it believes a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information. It provides these ratings so that charitable givers/ social investors can make intelligent giving decisions, and so that the nonprofit sector can improve its performance. Rankings are given on a star ranking scale from 1-4 stars – with 4 stars being the highest ranking achievable.
USO of Illinois has been ranked as a 4-star nonprofit, making it in the top 20% of nonprofits in the country!