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United Way of Anchorage receives two international recognitions


The United Way of Anchorage was recently recognized by two international organizations, United Way Worldwide and Charity Navigator, for effectiveness in creating community-wide change in education, and for efficiency, accountability, and transparency.

United Way Worldwide recognized the United Way of Anchorage as a finalist for the inaugural United Way Common Good Awards at the United Way Community Leaders Conference in Nashville, Tenn. United Way of Anchorage, and the many 90% Graduation by 2020 partners, “scored in the top tier of a highly competitive, large pool of national and international candidates that spanned over 11 countries,” said Peter Hahn, vice president of national engagement at United Way Worldwide.

The award was created to celebrate coalitions that create community-wide change in education. Michele Brown, president of United Way of Anchorage, said, “This type of recognition truly drives home that when we join forces around a common goal – increased high school graduation – and all work together, we can be far more effective.”

Brown was also pleased to report that the United Way of Anchorage just received its third consecutive 4-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most utilized charity evaluator, gave the Anchorage United Way the four-star designation based on its strong financial health, accountability and transparency.

“I wish to congratulate United Way of Anchorage,” Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President, wrote in the announcement.  “Only 9 percent of the charities we rate received at least three consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that United Way of Anchorage outperforms most other charities in America.  This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates United Way of Anchorage from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

United Way of Anchorage is one of only four charities in Alaska to receive the 4-star rating and the only one to receive three consecutive 4-star ratings.

“Our supporters must be able to trust that their financial resources, together with their time and talent, are being wisely invested to achieve shared community goals,” said Brown. “A four-star rating is a powerful reinforcement of that trust and our Board of Directors, volunteers and executive and finance committees all deserve a lot of credit in earning this rating.”

About the United Way of Anchorage
United Way of Anchorage developed and maintains 90% Graduation by 2020, a coordinated community approach to ensuring that Anchorage youth graduate from high school ready for life.  Learn more at LiveUnitedAnchorage.com.



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