LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the tenth 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.

“The Metro YMCA’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds the Metro YMCA to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the Y.”

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.

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Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Only 3 percent of the charities evaluated have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, Thatcher noted in a letter to the Metro Y.

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, West Essex YMCA, and Greater Bergen County YMCA. 

“We are honored to receive the Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for the tenth consecutive year, 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,” said Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard K. Gorab. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

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, www.charitynavigator.org, 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.