Operation Homefront Gets High Marks

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2007 - Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit group started shortly after the 9/11 attacks, recently earned a leading charity evaluator's highest marks.

Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities' financial health, including day-to-day operations and sustainability, has bestowed its top "four-star" rating upon Operation Homefront. Less than a quarter of the charities Charity Navigator evaluates received their highest rating.

"This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Operation Homefront from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust," said Trent Stamp, president of Charity Navigator, in a letter to Operation Homefront.

Operation Homefront is a supporter of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which connects citizens and corporations with military personnel and their families serving at home and abroad.

Among the many charities evaluated, Operation Homefront received this four-star rating for its ability to efficiently and openly manage its finances, Operation Homefront officials said in a news release.

"The designation of such an honorable rating from Charity Navigator is positive proof of our strong fiscal responsibility as well as our financial strategy to ensure Operation Homefront is always there to help our troops and military families," said Amy Palmer, the group's executive vice president of operations and business development.

As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars, Operation Homefront officials said in the release. In this competitive philanthropic marketplace, Charity Navigator highlights the fine work of efficient charities and provides donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make, the release stated.

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