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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2010
CONTACT:  Bobbie Fisher, Chief Communications Officer, 757.889.9107, bobbie.fisher@whro.org

WHRO RECEIVES 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR
Recognition comes from leading charity evaluator in America

NORFOLK:  WHRO announced today that it has achieved the coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator.

In notifying WHRO President and Chief Executive Officer Bert Schmidt, Charity Navigator wrote, “Charity Navigator, America's premier charity evaluator, highlights the fine work of efficient charities such as your own, and provides donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make. 

“Based on the most recent financial information available, we have calculated a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce WHRO has earned our 4-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.  WHRO has received our highest rating, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates WHRO from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

“This is a tremendous honor for WHRO,” Schmidt said. “It’s a real testament to the excellence and dedication of WHRO’s staff and to teamwork.”

View Charity Navigator's Report

About WHRO
WHRO is a regional media company that promotes education, culture and citizenship to the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia through a variety of services.  Every day, thousands of viewers and listeners tune in to broadcast programming on WHRO’s four public television and seven public radio stations.  Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has employed creativity and technology to serve its mission to enrich audiences through content that educates, entertains and promotes understanding. Owned by 18 local school divisions, WHRO delivers educational and new media services to 286,000 students and 25,000 educators per month as well.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code.  Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving, helping charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. By guiding intelligent giving, Charity Navigator aims to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation's most persistent challenges.