Starlight Children’s Foundation Earns 4-Star Charity Rating

June 2, 2016

In recognition of its excellent fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency, Starlight Children’s Foundation has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“Starlight Children’s Foundation appreciates the trust our donors, supporters and beneficiaries place in us to fulfill our commitment to improving the quality of life for critically, chronic and terminally ill children around the world,” said Brian Gott, Starlight’s Interim Global CEO. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating underscores that commitment, recognizes that we’re using our funding wisely and acknowledges that we take our responsibilities to support the health and wellbeing of children very seriously.”

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” 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.

“Starlight’s coveted four-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO 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. Starlight’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.”

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

About Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 by Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and one-of-a-kind experiences. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus. Learn more at and follow Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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 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.

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