Indian River Habitat Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Third Year

Monday, August 3, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Indian River Habitat for Humanity has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator! Their 4-star rating is the charity evaluator’s top distinction, and we are honored to be recognized in this way for the third year in a row.

From left to right, Indian River Habitat homebuyers LaCrystal Yorker, Angelica Cruz, Christina Selph and Sheila Elder

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-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. On June 1, 2016, they upgraded methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of their 4-Star charities.

According to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, Indian River Habitat’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Indian River Habitat to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Indian River Habitat.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission of partnering with working families through our affordable homeownership and repairs, as well as scholarship program,” said Sheryl Vittitoe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Indian River Habitat. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Indian River Habitat’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

About Indian River Habitat for Humanity
For almost 30 years, Indian River Habitat for Humanity has served its community by providing an affordable pathway to homeownership for working families. In addition to new construction, Indian River Habitat provides affordable home repairs and home preservation for low-to-moderate income homeowners, to include seniors and veterans. Indian River Habitat is one of 1,200 U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates and is one of only two medium-sized affiliates among the “Top 40” Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the country. Annually, Indian River Habitat serves approximately 100 families through its new construction and home repairs programs, making it the only builder addressing the affordable housing need at this scale in Indian River County.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator,, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity-rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

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