For the third year in a row, Charity Navigator has awarded the Humane Society of Tampa Bay with its highest rating, four out of four stars. The rating system evaluates non-profit organizations from across the United States on their fiscal management as well as their commitment to accountability and transparency. Receiving four stars signifies an organization’s adherence to good governance, fiscal responsibility and minimizing the chance for unethical activity. For an organization to receive the highest score year after year is a notable achievement.

“Only 9% of the charities we rate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations,” said Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO. “[This indicates] that Humane Society of Tampa Bay outperforms most other charities in America.”

Berger also noted that the four-star designation “differentiates Humane Society of Tampa Bay from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has a long history of best practices.

“Ours is one of the most important businesses, the business of saving lives,” said Sherry Silk, executive director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Because of that, we are deeply committed to conducting our business with the highest ethical standards and best practices available. We continually strive to be a leader in animal welfare and this four-star rating from Charity Navigator is a strong indication that we are on the right track.”

Charity Navigator evaluates ten times more charities than their competitors and has been celebrated as the leading charity evaluator in America by Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine.

“This important designation by Charity Navigator enhances our fundraising efforts by giving our donors peace of mind that their money is going to be handled responsibly and designated according to their wishes,” said Nancy McCall, Director of Development of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Currently, eighty-five cents of every dollar donated goes to our programs to help the animals. That makes us extremely proud.”

Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency of America’s largest charities. For more information visit www.charitynavigator.org.