TAPS Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

By Awarding its Highest Score, Organization Recognizes Outstanding Fiscal Responsibility, Transparency, Accountability 


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) has once again received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. Announced July 1, TAPS earned the top distinction recognizing its employment of fiscal management best practices and its commitment to transparency and accountability.

"TAPS is pleased to once again be among the select group of organizations that receive Charity Navigator's four-star rating," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder and 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient. "We rely on the generosity and support of the American people to perform our mission, and they should feel confident that each dollar is being used efficiently and responsibly. The TAPS team works hard to ensure we maximize the amount of every donation that goes to our critical programs that provide hope and healing to the families of our fallen military heroes.”

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-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 and Transparency" metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity's overall rating, reveal which charities have "best practices" that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and stakeholders. According to Charity Navigator, only one out of four organizations evaluated earns four stars.

More information about the TAPS four-star rating can be found at www.charitynavigator.org.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

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 and 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, NJ 07452.