A letter dated November 1, 2016 from Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, to Vice Admiral Joe Maguire, President and CEO of SOWF.
Dear Joe Maguire:
On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate Special Operations Warrior Foundation on attaining the coveted
4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
The nonprofit sector is advancing and expanding. As our organizations evolve, so do the desires and interests of our
supporters. Astute donors are yearning for greater accountability, transparency, and for concrete results from us. With
more than 1.5 million American charities, Charity Navigator aims to accentuate the work of efficient and transparent
organizations. The intent of our work is to provide donors with essential information to give them greater confidence in
both the charitable decisions that they make and the nonprofit sector.
Based on the most recent information available, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to
announce Special Operations Warrior Foundation has earned our eleventh consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest
possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a
financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Special Operations Warrior Foundation exceeds
industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 1% of the charities we evaluate have
received at least 11 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Special Operations Warrior Foundation outperforms
most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Special Operations Warrior
Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.
Forbes, Business Week, and Kiplinger’s Financial Magazine, among others, have profiled and celebrated our unique
method of applying data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. We evaluate ten times more charities than our nearest
competitor and currently attract more visitors to our website than all other charity rating groups combined, thus making
us the leading charity evaluator in America. Our data shows that users of our site donated more than they planned to
before viewing our findings, and in fact, it is estimated that last year Charity Navigator influenced approximately $10
billion in charitable gifts.
Your achievement and the 4-star rating will enhance your organization’s fundraising and public relations efforts. Our
favorable review of Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s financial health and commitment to accountability &
transparency is now visible on our website.
We wish you continued success in your charitable endeavors.
President and CEO