My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Doctors Without Borders USA Inc, New York, NY, USA
I have been a donor for years and was disappointed to find Doctors Without Borders downgraded to 3 stars. I will contribute again this year but if there is no improvement in their rating for 2012, I will remove them from my charitable donations list.
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Doctors Without Borders would like to acknowledge and address your concern regarding our recent rating change on Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator 2.0, the updated system by which the site assess charitable groups' accountability and financial position, assigns significant value to year over year increases in programmatic spending. Charity Navigator asks that the nonprofits they evaluate grow at a certain rate each year in order to be considered healthy financially. Doctors Without Borders, however, is an emergency response organization and our program commitments can shift from year to year. In 2009, the year considered for our current 3 Star rating, Doctors Without Borders made an internal decision to cap our program expense growth over the prior year. We did this to ensure that after a 26% growth in 2008 that we could continue to maintain the high quality of our projects while growing prudently. We made this conscious decision to make sure our patients were receiving the high quality care they needed, in addition to continuing to expand our reach at a reasonable rate. If you would like to discuss our work or our ratings on Charity Navigator, please our Donor Services department, 212-763-5779 or email@example.com Charity Navigator provides information online to explain how they rate growth, we have posted it below: “In response to the recession, many charities have trimmed expenses either because they were forced to as actual revenues declined or in anticipation of such a decline. Among all the types of charities we evaluate, these causes have reported the biggest changes in their spending on programs since the recession took hold. Adjustments for the program expense growth scores for each of these categories began with the fiscal year ending 2009. Each cause was adjusted individually based on the actual reported data. Each charity's rating page shows its actual program expense growth rate, not the normalized figure which we use in evaluating the organization.”