GOODWILL OF ORANGE COUNTY EARNS FOUR-STAR CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATING FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

July 26, 2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. – July 26, 2018– Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, released its latest ratings for the country’s leading nonprofits this month and Goodwill of Orange County has earned a four-star rating, the highest possible ranking, for its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. This is the sixth consecutive year and 14thtime Goodwill of Orange County has earned the distinction since 2002.

“It’s more important than ever that our supporters know that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission of helping people with disabilities and other barriers to work find meaningful employment, purpose and independence,” said Dick Trueblood, Chairman of the Board, Goodwill of Orange County. “Our four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates that we take our commitment to the community, and fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-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 have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

Detailed information about Goodwill of Orange County’s rating is available on Charity Navigator here: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=5843.

About Goodwill of Orange County
Since 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has been in the business of helping people who are facing barriers find and keep meaningful employment. Founded on the belief that every person should have the opportunity to achieve the independence that work provides, Goodwill is most recognized for being the conduit where donated goods are sold in America’s favorite thrift stores to generate the revenue that provides the services to those who face employment challenges. Celebrating its 90th year in 2014, Goodwill of Orange County has supported hundreds of thousands of Orange County residents since its inception by creating and providing quality training and employment services to empower its program participants to be productive and independent. The nonprofit organization has dozens of programs that support this effort, including the Goodwill Rogers A. Severson Fitness & Technology Center, Orange County’s only facility specially designed for people suffering from chronic illnesses and physical disabilities; its global approach to serving veterans and their families, Goodwill of Orange County Tierney Center for Veteran Services, which helps former service members and their families find resources and services to meet and serve their unique needs, including housing, job placement, education, and wellness; and its Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), which provides access to more than 1,000 state-of-the-art technology devices for children and adults with disabilities. These are just a few of Goodwill of Orange County’s innovative programs that have served those facing barriers in Orange County for the past nine decades. In 2012, Goodwill was named one of Orange County’s Most Trusted Brands. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County, visit ocgoodwill.org.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, 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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