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Charity Navigator 4-star Rating!

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Earns Coveted 4-star Rating from Charity Navigator

(Sanford, FL, June 5, 2018) – Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second consecutive time that the Central Florida Zoo has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

“Central Florida Zoo’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 Central Florida Zoo 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 Central Florida Zoo.”

 “It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission to be a local conservation and education resource for our community,,” said Dino Ferri, CEO.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More detailed information about Central Florida Zoo’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

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. 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.

About Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation and education resource that provides experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. The Zoo is home to over 350 animals from 100 different species, as well as botanical gardens throughout the 26 acre park. Central Florida Zoo also operates the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, the sole facility that breeds eastern indigos snakes for reintroduction to the wild.

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