As spring is traditionally the time of planting, it also brings to mind the thought of harvesting that labor’s fruits. This passage from the book of Leviticus gives guidance regarding some ethical and community-minded practices:
“When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you.” — Leviticus 23:22
Every harvest is the result of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears. So, if you’re willing to share your bounty with others, then it is one of the most selfless acts you can do. But it’s not always easy to know where your contributions will end up. That’s why it’s important to choose a credible organization.
In this vein, we are proud to share that Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year that CCNN has earned this top distinction, which is the highest possible rating and indicates that the organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.
This prestigious award is proof that good governance and financial responsibility can produce abundance for everyone, and we want our donors to know their investments will continue to matter in 2021.
“Catholic Charities’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator.
The Charity Navigator rating demonstrates Catholic Charities’ dedication to maintaining community members’ trust and support. As one of the most prominent charity watchdog organizations, Charity Navigator helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the accountability, financial health, and transparency of more than 8,000 charities.
Established in 2001, Charity Navigator uses a defined set of metrics to reveal which charities operate by industry best practices. It awards only the most fiscally responsible organizations with high ratings. In addition, Charity Navigator does not accept advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates to ensure unbiased assessments are conducted.
“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 Catholic Charities programs,” Thatcher said.
For nearly 80 years, Catholic Charities and its programs have supported those in need in the Reno/Sparks and greater Northern Nevada area. We help the area’s most vulnerable citizens rise out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency.
As a non-profit corporation, most of our funding comes from private foundations and individual and corporate donors. All proceeds go to our human service programs, including St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Resource Hub, Crossroads Sober Living, and Immigration Assistance. These services allow us to provide 50,000 services per month in northern Nevada.
We provide donors an opportunity to make a difference in community members’ lives— young and old— from all cultures and beliefs. For every dollar donated, 88 cents go directly to feeding the hungry and providing resources to ease the pain of poverty.
Charitable donations are essential to our community’s growth, and we want our donors to know that we’re using their offerings wisely to accomplish our mission. So, if you’re planning to donate this year, we’re here to help you make the most of your harvest. For more information on how to donate or volunteer at one of our programs, click here or contact our chief development officer at 775-322-7073 ext 220.