AWS Earns Highest Ranking from Charity Navigator

For the sixth year in a row, AWS  has earned a 4-star ranking from Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of non-profits.

AWS’ ranking, the highest possible, is based on fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Animal Welfare Society exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” writes Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only 6% of charities we evaluate have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating Animal Welfare Society outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Animal Welfare Society apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

AWS joins only 24 other charities in the state of Maine in the coveted 4-star category in 2018. In addition, AWS is one of only five Maine charities to earn the designation 6 years in a row, joining other well-regarded and well-respected non-profits such as Preble Street and the Jackson Laboratory.

“Every day, we strive to use our community’s generous support in the most effective manner,” says Abigail Smith, AWS Executive Director. “As the only animal welfare organization in Maine to earn this4-star designation, our Charity Navigator ranking shows our supporters that we take our responsibility seriously and put all donations to use in the best way possible to support our mission.”

To learn more about Charity Navigator’s ranking system or to see AWS’ full report, please visit Charity Navigator online.


About Charity Navigator: Charity Navigator is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of over 9,000 charities and provides basic data on the rest of the 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. 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 non-profit 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.

About Animal Welfare Society: The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.