LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the ninth straight year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Metro YMCAs of the Oranges exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher wrote in a Nov. 1 letter. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Metro YMCAs of the Oranges apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Only 3 percent of the charities evaluated have received at least nine consecutive 4-star evaluations, Thatcher noted.

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The Metro YMCA serves an estimated 35,000 people through its seven branches: East Orange YMCA, Fairview Lake YMCA Camps, South Mountain YMCA, Sussex County YMCA, Wayne YMCA, and Greater Bergen County YMCA. 

“We are honored to again receive Charity Navigator’s highest distinction, knowing it assures our supporters that the Metro YMCA uses their donations judiciously to fulfill our mission of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab said.

Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 organizations to help people decide which charities are worthy of their donations. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organization it evaluates to ensure unbiased evaluations, and it doesn’t charge the public to access its data.

About the YMCA

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. 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 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. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.