March 27, 2018
McLean, Virginia – Two of the country’s premier nonprofit databases have awarded top ratings to Our Military Kids, adding to the list of honors the nonprofit has received this year for transparency and accountability.
GuideStar has given its 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency to Our Military Kids. A search engine that collects and presents information about nonprofits, GuideStar was founded to promote nonprofit transparency for donors. The awards go from Bronze, Silver, Gold and finally, to Platinum.
The other database, GreatNonprofits, refers to itself as “the one and only people’s choice award,” because volunteers, donors and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration and express their appreciation on its website. With its most recent Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits, Our Military Kids holds the #5 spot overall, based on 507 five–star reviews from clients, volunteers and donors.
Earlier this month, Charity Navigator also awarded its highest 4-star rating to Our Military Kids. It’s the third year in a row (and the sixth time overall) that Charity Navigator has awarded its top rating to Our Military Kids. Angela Burton, Executive Director of Our Military Kids, said she was grateful for the recognition. “Our program is possible because of the generous support of our donors,” Burton said. “And these ratings tell our supporters that their donations are directly helping military kids.”
Last year, Our Military Kids received slightly more than $2 million in donations, and 92% of those donations were spent directly on children’s programs. As a result, 3,767 grants were awarded to military kids last year, with sports and arts activities the most popular choices. In the most recent survey of families who received grants for activities, almost all respondents said the grants improved the entire family’s well-being, as well as decreased their child’s stress and anxiety.
Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit providing substantial support to children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserve service members and to children of severely injured service members and veterans from all active and reserve military branches. For more information, visit www.ourmilitarykids.org or call Gretchen Hitchner at 703-734-6654.