Nine Network Earns Highest Possible Rating from Charity Navigator
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St. Louis, MO — September 13, 2016 — The Nine Network’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
The intent of the rating system is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector as a whole.
“We are proud that this four-star rating demonstrates our accountability to the public, our members, and our donors’ financial commitments and upholds our values of integrity and trust,” says Jack Galmiche, president and chief executive officer of the Nine Network of Public Media. “As we engage the community in dialogue to strengthen civic life, it’s important our donors trust that we are using their contributions to deliver the highest quality programs and services."
Attaining a four-star rating verifies that the Nine Network exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its area of work. This designation sets the organization apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of the 1.5 million American charities rated by Charity Navigator have achieved this distinction.
Charity Navigator’s ratings methodology focuses on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness. These accountability and 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.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.