WRI continues to meet the highest standards of accountability according to charity watchdog groups.

In 2016, WRI received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the ninth consecutive time. Four-star is their highest rating and only 2 percent of the charities they rate have received eight or more consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that WRI outperforms most other charities in the United States in terms of sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Additionally, WRI was evaluated by an external third party to assess progress against our 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The independent review found that 89 out of 96 of the specific statements of intent from WRI’s Programs, Centers, International Offices and Core Functions are considered “on track” or have already been achieved. In the few cases where initiatives were “off track,” the review said all were being addressed with the objective of completion by the end of the Plan period.

WRI posts a list of its donors and annual financial statements online for public viewing.

Investments in operations pay dividends in an unrivaled reputation for effectiveness and efficiency. In 2016, Charity Navigator, our independent auditors and an external review all gave us excellent ratings.

Steve Barker

Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial & Operations Officer