Cartoonist Bob Thaves (of “Frank and Ernest” fame) said this of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: “Sure, he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did…backwards and in high heels.” As a healthcare provider, Mission of Mercy is a lot like Ginger Rogers, providing high quality healthcare for our patients in need, all while operating solely through the generosity of our donors and adhering to high standards as a non-profit.
Mission of Mercy is pleased to announce that we have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in the United States. A four-star rating is the highest possible rating a charity can receive. The rating is based on an organization’s financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. To earn this rating, an organization is scored rigorously on multiple metrics:
- Four metrics related to Financial Efficiency, meaning how well the organization uses the funds it receives.
- Three metrics related to Financial Capacity, or, how well the organization has sustained its programs and is prepared to sustain them in the future.
- explain its actions to its stakeholders and to make available critical information about the organization to the public.
Scores include adjustments for the type of charitable work being accomplished, since different types of organizations have varying levels of overhead and fundraising costs. As such, Mission of Mercy is compared to other organizations providing basic needs, humanitarian relief or healthcare.
Charity Navigator states “Our ratings show givers how efficiently we believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.” Organizations do not apply to be ranked—Charity Navigator evaluates charities based on publicly available information.
A top rating from Charity Navigator is a vote of confidence for Mission of Mercy. It means donors can trust that their contributions will be used efficiently and effectively. It means Mission of Mercy is committed to sharing important information with our donors. For all of you who have
attempted dancing backwards and in high heels, you’ll know just how proud we are of our rating.