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Presbyterian Home for Children earns Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

The nation’s leading evaluator of charities has given the Presbyterian Home for Children a top rating in recognition of its operational excellence and integrity. 

The Home earned a coveted Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a designation achieved by only one in four charities. After an extensive evaluation, the Home earned high marks for its financial efficiency, sustainability and trustworthiness, as well as its commitment to good governance practices. 

Charity Navigator awarded the Home a perfect score in the area of Leadership & Adaptability, which assesses the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent needs. 

Charity Navigator said the Four-Star Rating designates PHFC as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that the organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

“This recognition is an indication to our community, our donors and our supporters – and most importantly to the children and families who depend on us – that we are a stable and well-run organization. But more than that, the Presbyterian Home for Children is an organization with financial integrity and transparency,” said Doug Marshall, President and CEO of the Home. 

“We are delighted to provide the Presbyterian Home for Children with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that the Home is able to accomplish in the years ahead.” 

George Fritsma, moderator of the Home’s board of trustees, credited the Home’s reputation for financial integrity to the leadership of Marshall and Controller Sam Allison, both of whom have extensive financial experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. 

Marshall worked with Ernst & Young, Energen and Spire before entering the nonprofit sector. He has been President and CEO of the Presbyterian Home for Children since 2017. Allison was an auditor and accountant for private clients and a construction company before forming his own accounting firm, Lighthouse CPA, LLC to provide financial management services for private companies and nonprofit organizations, including the Home.

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About the Presbyterian Home for Children

Now in its 155th year of service, Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, Alabama, is one of few organizations in the state caring for Alabama’s homeless boys and girls, along with their female caregivers in its Secure Dwellings Program. In its Moderate Residential Care Therapeutic Program, the Home also serves teenage girls who have previously experienced extreme trauma or neglect. In addition, the Home serves young female adults in crisis through its Transition to Adult Living Program and families in crisis over seven counties through its In-Home Intensive Services, Family Bridges. Our Ascension Leadership Academy features a fully Cognia-accredited academic curriculum focusing on academics and leadership for our residential children and youth in addition to children and youth from the community. 

About Charity Navigator 

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