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Walking Mountains Science Center earns Charity Navigator four-star rating

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AVON — Walking Mountains Science Center recently earned its fifth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The rating is a result of Walking Mountains maintaining sound fiscal management practices and a commitment to accountability and transparency while fulfilling its mission to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and sustainability through natural-science education.

“Walking Mountains Science Center’s fifth consecutive four-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 7 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least five consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Walking Mountains Science Center outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Walking Mountains Science Center apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator since 2002 has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating.

“It’s important that our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission to ensure everyone who visits and calls the Eagle Valley home has an opportunity to connect with nature through natural science education,” said Patty White, Walking Mountains Science Center vice president of development. “Our four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take being good stewards of funding very seriously.”

For more information, go to http://www.charitynavigator.org or http://www.walkingmountains.org.

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