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GIPS Foundation earns third consecutive 4-star rating

For the third 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 third consecutive 4-star rating," said Micheal Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. "Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that this organization adheres to good governance and other best practices and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 14% of the charities we rate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation outperforms most other charities in America. This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust," 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 59 Nebraska charities rated, and one of only 19 Nebraska charities with the 4-star rating. Additionally, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation is one of just two Nebraska charities outside of Lincoln and Omaha that received 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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