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Monday, August 11, 2014

Do The Charity Scores Look A Little Different Today?

Well, they should because we transitioned to a 100 point scale rating system today!

At Charity Navigator we've been rating charities on a 0 to 4-star scale since 2002. The star ratings are well-known and easily recognizable by individual donors, institutional funders, the media and the charities that we rate. What's been less understood is the scoring system - a 70 point scale - that underlies the star ratings. To resolve the confusion, all current and historical ratings transitioned to a more intuitive 100 point scale today. 

Although every charity's current and historical scores have changed, no charity's star ratings have changed. If your favorite charity was a 4-star charity yesterday, then it is still a 4-star charity today. The only thing that changed is that we've added 30 points to each of that charity's scores for financial health, accountability & transparency and overall score. 

Why did we make this change to our rating system? For two main reasons. First, we want to make it easier to understand for everyone who relies on our analysis. Second, it gives us more flexibility for making enhancements to our rating system in the future. 

For more information, please see the methodology section of our site or check our FAQs.

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