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Give Kids The World Village Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Give Kids The World Village's (GKTW) 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. This is the 10th consecutive year that Give Kids The World Village has earned this top distinction.



Using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator expanded its ratings methodology, adding metrics which focused on governance and ethical practices, as well as measures of openness,. These "Accountability & Transparency" metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity's overall rating, reveal which charities employ the "best practices" that instill trust in donors and stakeholders.

"Give Kids The World's coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities," according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. "Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. Give Kids The World'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."

"It's important our donors trust that we're using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission of providing memorable, joyful, cost-free vacations to the precious wish children and families we serve," said Pamela Landwirth, GKTW President and CEO. "Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities to heart."

More-detailed information about Give Kids The World's rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, 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 more than 8,000 charities. 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 501 (c) (3) public charity 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 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

About Give Kids The World Village

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW Village provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 135,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries. Visit www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its Village mission. For our latest news, visit Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and follow our blog at www.givekidstheworld.org/blog.

CONTACT: Mark Hoewing GKTW Public Relations Manager MarkH@gktw.org

Source: Give Kids the World