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LightHawk Earns 4-Star Rating

Exceeding industry standards and outperforming most similar charities, LightHawk recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. LightHawk won the highest possible recognition for its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency.

This is the fifth time that LightHawk has earned this top distinction since 2010.

In bestowing this rating, Charity Navigator uses objective, data-driven analysis, and  found LightHawk to be among the most fiscally responsible organizations in the US. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, emphasizing ethical and transparent operations, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating.

“LightHawk’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  LightHawk’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their contributions wisely when our team of conservationists work with more than 260 volunteer pilots who fly to save the earth,” said LightHawk’s CEO Terri Watson.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”

See why LightHawk earned this prestigious rating at


About LightHawk

LightHawk knows that the earth faces many challenges, and uses the perspectives only available through aviation to tackle large-scale environmental challenges. LightHawk’s conservationists plan flight campaigns with partners and leverage donated flights from a nationwide network of 260 volunteer pilots. Since 1979, LightHawk has worked to protect our precious land, freshwater, wildlife and oceans.  LightHawk’s work is nearly 100% supported by generous individual and organizational donations. For more information,

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 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.