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SOWF Earned 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for 12th Year in a Row

Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) is proud to announce that we have just received our 12th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This rating is based on transparency and accountability of funds. SOWF remains dedicated to our mission of supporting the families of our fallen and wounded special operations personnel and committed to being responsible stewards of the donations we receive from our generous supporters. We thank our contributors for entrusting us with their donations. SOWF promises to continue to uphold our duties to both the community we serve and to our donors.

In a letter dated 1 November 2017 to VADM (Ret) Joe Maguire, President and CEO of Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, writes:

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 twelfth 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 12 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.

Sincerely,
Michael Thatcher
President and CEO


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SOWF gave me the opportunity that my dad would have wanted me to have.

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