Bloomington, Indiana — September 2, 2015 — The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) has received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the fifth year in a row. The 4-star rating, Charity Navigator’s highest, is given to not-for-profit organizations that practice sound fiscal management and are committed to accountability and transparency.
“Only 5% of the charities we rate have received at least five consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that the Children’s Organ Transplant Association outperforms most other charities in America,” wrote Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator’s President and CEO, in a letter to COTA. “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates COTA from its peers, and demonstrates to the public that COTA is worthy of their trust.”
Founded in 2002, Charity Navigator has become the leading charity evaluator in America. According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates COTA adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.
“COTA is extremely honored to continue to be one of Charity Navigator’s top charities,” said Tony Paganelli, COTA’s Chairman of the Board. “COTA is committed to using our contributions wisely to the best benefit of our transplant families who are located across the country. Through the dedication of our nationwide network of our Miracle Makers and the guidance of COTA’s Board of Directors, we ensure that 100% of each dollar donated for transplant-related expenses is used that way.”
“Without COTA’s contributors, we would not be able to give children and young adults a second chance at life. We appreciate the trust of our contributors, and the tireless work of our volunteers,” Paganelli said.
“Receiving four of a possible four stars indicates that COTA adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way,” wrote Charity Navigator’s Thatcher.
About the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association is a national 501(c)3 charity that provides fundraising assistance to transplant families. Since 1986, COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. 100% of all funds raised in honor of transplant patients are used for transplant-related expenses.
If you would like to learn more about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), please contact Kim Carter Parker (gro.a1524157857toc@m1524157857ik1524157857).