N.C. Aquarium Society Recognized for Sound Management
Raleigh, NC Feb. 11, 2013 – The North Carolina Aquarium Society has once again received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, based on the Society’s 2011 financial report. This coveted award is given for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, highlights the work of efficient, ethical and open charities with a goal of providing donors the essential information needed to give them confidence in their choices for charitable giving.
The North Carolina Aquarium Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1986 to provide financial support to the three North Carolina Aquariums. Funds, managed by the Society, are raised through membership, private donations, corporate sponsorships and gift shop operations. Since its establishment, the N.C. Aquarium Society has contributed more than $20 million to the three Aquariums, enabling them to renovate, expand and grow their attendance.
Ken Berger, Charity Navigator president and CEO, noted in his congratulatory letter, “As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support.”
The N.C. Aquarium Society has consistently received high ratings from Charity Navigator since it was first evaluated in 2001. In 2010, the Society received a “Best in the Nation” designation in the Zoos and Aquariums category.
“We are very pleased to once again receive the prestigious four-star rating from Charity Navigator,” said N.C. Aquarium Society President, Neal Conoley. “This ranking demonstrates the success of our organization and our board of directors’ stewardship of the dollars we raise, as well as instills confidence among our stakeholders that the Society has the best interest of the Aquariums at heart.”
The three N.C. Aquariums, located at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island, are operated by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Providing more than $2 million in annual support, the N.C. Aquarium Society works in conjunction with the State to operate and maintain the three facilities. To become a member or learn more about the Aquariums, visit www.ncaquariums.com.
The Charity Navigator rankings and methodology can be reviewed by visiting www.charitynavigator.org.