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The Leakey Foundation earns a four-star rating from Charity Navigator

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The Leakey Foundation is proud to announce that our strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. This rating designates The Leakey Foundation as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, referred to as beacons. Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for the Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability beacons.

“We are delighted to provide The Leakey Foundation 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 Leakey Foundation is able to accomplish in the years ahead.” 

“Our Four-Star Charity Navigator is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial health,” said Leakey Foundation Executive Director Sharal Camisa Smith. “We hope that it will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us advance our mission to explore, discover, and share the human story.”

The Leakey Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on

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