Written by Stephen Rockwell, Chief Ratings Technology Officer at Charity Navigator. Stephen leads the team of charity analysts, program specialists, and development engineers that launched the new Encompass rating methodology and criteria.

Charity Navigator launched the Leadership & Adaptability beacon this month, filling out the fourth and final domain within the Encompass Rating System. The new beacon provides donors with data on the leadership capabilities of a nonprofit organization in regards to:

  • Strategy – Strategic thinking and goal setting.
  • Leadership – Description of how the organization mobilizes on their mission and develops leaders.
  • Adaptability – Stories of how organizations changed and evolved during this tumultuous last pandemic year.


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