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Spartanburg, S.C. - Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg's strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability have earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars for the fourth consecutive year.
Charity Navigator is America's largest independent charity evaluator.
Habitat Spartanburg received a score of 98.23 - on a 100-point scoring matrix - marking the nonprofit among the top performing Habitat affiliates in the nation. Only two other Habitat affiliates in the nation - and non in South Carolina - scored higher.
Habitat Spartanburg is one of only 31 charities in South Carolina to earn the 4-star rating.
Only 20 percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have received at least four consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating Habitat Spartanburg exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in the area of affordable housing.
"Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg's fourth 4-Star Rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates is trustworthiness to the public," according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. "Only a margin a charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of having four consecutive Four-Star Ratings. This adds Habitat Spartanburg to a preeminient group of charities working to overcome our world's most pressing challenges. Based on this distinction, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Habitat Spartanburg."
"Habitat Spartanburg is honored to be recognized as a continuing 4-Star Charity by Charity Navigator, and to be among the highest scoring Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States," said Lee Close, Executive Director of Habitat Spartanburg. "In these days when people have concerns surrounding the credibility of many institutions, it is enormously valuable to have an independent, third party agency validating the care with which we operate and the care in which we utilize funds donated by individuals, corporations, faith institutions, and foundations. At Habitat Spartanburg, we take our responsibility very seriously and are extremely grateful to receive this recognition."