Trees, Water & People receives another 4-star rating from Charity Navigator!

Sebastian Africano, Executive Director and Gemara Gifford, International Director pose with Doña Norma in front of a community-operated tree nursery in the community of La Tigra in Honduras.

For the third consecutive year we earned a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which demonstrates our strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

The devastating events of the past year and the economic hardship the world is facing have hit the non-profit sector hard, forcing our organization to adapt, re-think, strategize and get creative. Through it all, our donors have stuck with us, as we recognize that the communities we serve need us the most at this moment.

We have spent the last 23 years working and advocating for some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, and have come to a crucial moment in which we need to step up in a big way. As we continue to work towards our goals during these trying times, being able to present our loyal donors with tangible and quantifiable results is crucial.  

In a letter to Trees, Water & People, Charity Navigator President Michael Thatcher wrote: “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.” 

We are honored by this acknowledgement that we couldn’t achieve without our supporters, and thank you profusely for your trust in TWP. 

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Charity Navigator has evaluated more than 160K U.S. based charities to highlight the work of efficient and transparent organizations and “show charitable givers / social investors how efficiently  a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time, and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices, and openness with information”.

Four Stars Again!

Trees, Water & People (TWP) has achieved Charity Navigator’s coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, under the new “CN 2.0” two dimensional rating system. This exceptional designation differentiates TWP from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.

 Only 22% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator have obtained a 4-star rating, indicating that TWP consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. Among environmental nonprofits evaluated, only 83 organizations have a 4-star rating. So, when people give to TWP, they can feel confident knowing their contribution is being put to good use and making a real difference for both people and the planet.

Amidst these challenging economic times, donors are demanding more accountability, transparency, and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support. As America’s independent premier charity evaluator, Charity Navigator highlights the work of efficient charities and provides donors with the information they need to give with confidence. Charity Navigator evaluates ten times more charities than competitors and attracts more visitors to their website than all other charity rating groups combined.

Trees, Water & People is proud to have achieved Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for three consecutive years. Read the review of TWP’s excellent fiscal management at or