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GIPS Foundation Earns 5th Consecutive 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

(Grand Island, NE July 26, 2018) – For the fifth consecutive year, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has earned the 4-star rating from America’s largest national independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator. The four-star rating is the highest award for sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.  

“We are proud to announce the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation has earned our fifth consecutive 4-star rating,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that the GIPS Foundation adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.  Only 10% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation outperforms most other charities in America.” 

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Grand Island Public Schools Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” relayed Thatcher.

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation is the first Grand Island non-profit organization to be rated by Charity Navigator. The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation is one of 68 Nebraska charities rated, and one of only 29 Nebraska charities with the 4-star rating. Additionally, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation is one of just three Nebraska charities outside of Lincoln and Omaha to receive the 4-star rating.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T 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.

“We are so grateful to our donors who help us invest in and create opportunities for the students of Grand Island Public Schools,” said Traci Skalberg, Executive Director. “We are proud of this 4-star Charity Navigator rating, but more importantly, we are proud of the impact we get to make for the students of our community.”

The Grand Island Public Schools Foundation rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

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