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CONTACT:  Tina Regester, Director of Communications, 410-2358826 ext. 139, 443-243-5868 (cell), tregester@mdspca.org



Highest Honor Awarded for Good Governance, Fiscal Management and Accountability

BALTIMORE, (July, 15, 2014)—The Maryland SPCA has been awarded the prestigious and highly coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the organization’s good governance, sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only a quarter of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, have received this top distinction.

"We are proud to receive the highest rating possible, which puts us in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Elizabeth Drigotas, president of the MD SPCA Board of Directors. “This distinction reflects our accountability to our donors and our commitment to our mission of improving lives of pets and people in our community."

Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.

“We don’t receive ASPCA or government funding. We rely solely on private donations,” said Sarah Walton, director of development for the MD SPCA. “This rating showcases our focus on effectively handling these contributions and maintaining the trust of our donors.”

The Maryland SPCA’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.  

About the Maryland SPCA

The Maryland SPCA is an independent nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of pets and people in Maryland. The MD SPCA receives no operating support from the government or other animal welfare groups including the ASPCA. The MD SPCA’s adoption center adopts out more than 3,000 needy and unwanted pets each year, and provides approximately 9,000 spaying/neutering procedures yearly to reduce pet overpopulation and suffering. The MD SPCA also offers pet behavior counseling and training courses to help keep pets in their homes. For more information about the Maryland SPCA, visit www.mdspca.org or call 410‐235‐8826.

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 roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). 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.