The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’ strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’ exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” said Michael Thatcher, president/CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity.”

This is the first time that the local United Way has earned this top distinction.

“It is essential that our donors trust that we are using their donations wisely to make the biggest impact on the most pressing needs in our community,” said Rick Owen, president/CEO of the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”