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Make-A-Wish® New Jersey Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator


October 01, 2013


Monroe Township, NJ

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey’s (MAWNJ) sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

“Today’s donors are demanding that non-profit organizations be fiscally accountable and good stewards of the financial resources that they are providing. To that end, they are looking to independent auditors, such as Charity Navigator, as they research the charities that they are looking to support,” said Joseph Berardo, Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s Board Chairman. “Through the dedicated efforts of our Board of Directors and staff, we have earned a 4-star rating and can assure our supporters that we are maximizing the impact of their donations.”

“In the current economic environment, it’s vitally important that our donors trust that we’re using their funding wisely to accomplish our mission,” added Make-A-Wish New Jersey’s President & CEO, Tom Weatherall. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities to the highest level.”

MAWNJ’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on More-detailed information about MAWNJ’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Make-A-Wish® New Jersey (MAWNJ) (
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences strengthen the entire family. MAWNJ was founded in 1983, serving children in every municipality in the Garden State. MAWNJ has granted more than 7,800 wishes since its inception. For more information about MAWNJ, call 800-252-WISH or visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

About Charity Navigator (
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452


For more information, contact Todd Shellenberger, Vice President of Development, Make-A-Wish New Jersey – (800) 252-WISH; (800) 252-9474.

Press Contact

Michael Dominick
Director of Communicaitons
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place 1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ  08831

Phone : (609) 371-9474
Fax : (609) 371-8919

Make-A-Wish® New Jersey
Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place
1347 Perrineville Road
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(609) 371-9474
Toll Free (800) 252-9474