FOA Awarded Top Charity 4-Star Rating

BAR HARBOR — Friends of Acadia’s (FOA) strong financial health, commitment to accountability, and transparency have resulted in the organization’s attaining the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities. FOA has earned the 4-star rating now for six years in a row.

“This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” commented Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator in a letter announcing the award. “Only 6 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations indicating that Friends of Acadia outperforms most other charities in America,” he continued.

“It is important our donors trust that we are using their donations wisely to accomplish Friends of Acadia’s mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting stewardship of Acadia National Park,” said Lisa Horsch Clark, FOA’s director of development. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our donors and members that we are accountable, transparent, and financially healthy.”

Founded in 2002, Charity Navigator annually evaluates more than 9,000 organizations. Last year, the information compiled was accessed by more than 9 million donors. To view FOA’s 4-star listing and the listing of other local nonprofits, visit

Friends of Acadia preserves, protects, and promotes stewardship of the outstanding natural beauty, ecological vitality, and distinctive cultural resources of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities for the inspiration and enjoyment of current and future generations.

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