LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the eighth consecutive year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, which includes the West Essex YMCA in Livingston, has received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the U.S. for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability.

“Only 4 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Metro YMCAs of the Oranges outperforms most other charities in America,” said Charity Navigator president and chief executive officer (CEO) Michael Thatcher. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Metro YMCAs of the Oranges apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.” 

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

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“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,” said Metro YMCA President and CEO Richard Gorab.

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 organizations it evaluates to ensure unbiased evaluations, and it doesn’t charge the public to access its data.

To make a donation to the Metro YMCA and support programs that strengthen communities, go to or contact Chief Development Officer Lisa Kelly at or 973-758-9622.