ATHENS, GA – Based on strong financial health, operational efficiency, and a commitment to accountability and transparency, the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) today achieved a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest independent charity evaluator.
"A four-star rating is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way," wrote Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, in a letter to QDMA CEO Brian Murphy. "Attaining a four-star rating verifies that QDMA exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets QDMA apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Approximately only a quarter of rated charities have achieved this distinction!"
QDMA achieved a score of 88.5 on financial considerations, such as the fact that 85.7 percent of the organization's total expenses are spent on mission delivery and member services, while administrative and fundraising expenses are in the single digits and the liability-to-asset ratio is low. This score, combined with a score of 93 on accountability and transparency, gave QDMA an overall score of 90.48, placing it in the four-star rating category.
"We take great pride in being one of the leanest, most transparent and most effective wildlife conservation organizations in the United States," said QDMA's CEO Brian Murphy. "Our efficiency allows us to maximize the value we can provide our members and the resources we can dedicate to our mission of ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage."
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.
QDMA's new four-star rating is among the highest ratings among wildlife conservation organizations that have been evaluated by Charity Navigator. For the complete report on QDMA's rating, visit:
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QDMA is dedicated to ensuring the future of white-tailed deer, wildlife habitat and our hunting heritage. Founded in 1988, QDMA is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with more than 60,000 members in all 50 states and Canada. To learn more about QDMA, call 800-209-3337 or visit www.QDMA.com
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