Press Release: NDI New Mexico Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

This story was published by on January 4, 2017


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SANTA FE, NM—January 4, 2017—NDI New Mexico’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  his is the second consecutive time that NDI New Mexico has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-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 operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of our four-star charities.

“NDI New Mexico’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds NDI New Mexico to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support NDI New Mexico.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission of teaching children excellence through our Core Four values of Working Hard, Doing Your Best, Never Giving Up and Being Healthy – principles that can lead a child through a lifetime of success,” said Russell Baker, Executive Director.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.” NDI New Mexico’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

The 4-star rating adds to numerous awards and recent accomplishments achieved by NDI New Mexico. Accolades include: Samaritan Counseling Ethics in Business Award, 2016; Albuquerque Business First Non-Profit of the Year Award, 2015; Albuquerque Business First Top CEO Award, 2015; and Wallace Foundation National Recognition of “highly effective” and “exemplary” after-school program, 2013.

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About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator,, 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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