Charity Navigator, the leading American evaluator of nonprofit organizations, has once again awarded the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) with a Four Star Charity Rating—the highest number of stars possible under the rating system! Charity Navigator awarded EESI 100 out of 100 possible points in both areas evaluated—financial health and accountability and transparency—making this the second year in a row that EESI has received a perfect score!

This latest rating is also the tenth time EESI has been named a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator. EESI is proud to have received both of these distinctions again. A perfect score from Charity Navigator is an accolade few organizations can claim to have earned—out of the 3,250 organizations Charity Navigator rated four stars in the last year, only 66 have received a score of 100 in both categories—just two percent.

In the last year, Charity Navigator evaluated 450 environmental organizations on their level of transparency, ethics, governance, and financial health. EESI is one out of only six environmental nonprofits to earn a perfect score!

Charity Navigator CEO and President Michael Thatcher recently wrote to EESI to congratulate us on our status as a Four Star Charity. “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. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Environmental and Energy Study Institute exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work,” he stated.

Knowing that Charity Navigator has awarded EESI the honor of being a Four Star Charity should instill donors, stakeholders, and community members with confidence. EESI’s Board Chair, Jared Blum, was thrilled to find out about the most recent honor, saying that, “when nonprofits are being increasingly scrutinized for the value proposition of their mission, to have been awarded this rating as frequently as EESI has been is an uncontested endorsement for the organization’s value proposition for donors, grantors, and funders.”

EESI also received a 2017 Top-Rated GreatNonprofits Award for the seventh year in a row! We earned this award from GreatNonprofits thanks to numerous reviews of EESI’s work written by board members, donors, collaborators, volunteers, and more. Erin Brown wrote us a GreatNonprofits review: “EESI is the go to source for facts. They only use reliable sources and would never want to mislead the public on any information. They simpl[y] want to educate the public and the political sector on environmental and energy facts. More than just educating on the facts, they offer solutions. They do not just present a problem, but they show REAL solutions that have been used and tested and even help implement some of them.”

Founded more than 30 years ago by a bipartisan group of members of Congress to inform policymaking on energy and environmental policies, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable societies. Our primary goal is to accelerate the transition to a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

To achieve our goals, EESI advances innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path. EESI's strength lies in translating complicated subjects into compelling stories, case studies, and user-friendly materials for policymakers and the public.

EESI is an independent nonprofit organization that receives no Congressional funding, despite its origins as a bipartisan Congressional caucus. EESI maintains its strong relationships with Congress and federal agencies, and serves as a trusted source of credible, non-partisan information on energy and environment solutions—both inside and outside the Beltway.


 Author: Joanne Zulinski