Chesapeake ConservancyAwarded 4-Star Charity Navigator Rating

Third Year Annapolis-Based Nonprofit Recognized for Sound Fiscal Management

Annapolis, MD – Today, Chesapeake Conservancy announced that Charity Navigator, America’s largest, most utilized, independent evaluator of charities, awarded the Annapolis-based nonprofit with the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency for the third consecutive year.

From a letter from Charity Navigator’s President & CEO Michael Thatcher, “We are proud to announce Chesapeake Conservancy has earned our third consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Chesapeake Conservancy exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 25% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Chesapeake Conservancy outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Chesapeake Conservancy apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

“We couldn’t be prouder to achieve 4-stars ⁠—three years in a row ⁠—from Charity Navigator,” said Chesapeake Conservancy President and CEO Joel Dunn. “As we work to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay, we value the trust we’ve earned from our donors and make sure their donations are making an impact.”

“The most recent score and rating places Chesapeake Conservancy with an overall score of 96.22 out of 100 points,” said Chesapeake Conservancy Director of  Development Melissa Ehrenreich. “For the third year in a row, the Conservancy has received a 4-star rating demonstrating how seriously we believe in being a trusted, high-impact partner with our donors and supporters. In these uncertain times when donors are looking for long-term opportunities for investment, we are proud of our ability to demonstrate transparency and strong fiduciary management needed to protect the Chesapeake for generations to come.”