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Coastal Federation Earns Top Ranking

OCEAN — The nonprofit North Carolina Coastal Federation has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth year in a row.

The federation, which publishes Coastal Review Online, announced the rating Monday.

The rating is the highest possible from Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of nonprofits in the U.S. According to Charity Navigator, only 9% of charities receive a four-star rating for six consecutive years. The federation earned the highest ranking score of 100.

“We’re proud to be one of the top environmental nonprofits,” said Todd Miller, the federation’s executive director. “This is a real tribute to our staff and supporters who work tirelessly for the coast.”

Charity Navigator lists exceptional charities that execute their missions in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities.

According to Charity Navigator, the federation’s perfect score considered financial health, accountability and transparency. Fewer than 1% of the thousands of charities rated by Charity Navigator have earned perfect scores.

In a recent letter to the federation, Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator explained, “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.” He also noted that “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets North Carolina Coastal Federation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

“Based on our four-star rating, donors can trust their contributions will be put to good use by a financially responsible and ethical charity,” said Sarah King, the federation’s development director.

King noted that to celebrate this rating, donors are invited to contribute to the federation’s efforts to clean up marine debris from our coast. For every dollar donated to the marine debris campaign through Dec. 31, the federation said it will clean up a pound of trash in 2020. Visit to donate and visit for the latest news about the federation’s accomplishments addressing marine debris.

Donations to the federation may also be designated to support Coastal Review Online’s continued reporting on coastal environmental issues.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.