Project Sanctuary nabs 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for third consecutive year |

Project Sanctuary nabs 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for third consecutive year

A Project Sanctuary retreat that took place in Heeney in October. The organization is hosting 30 retreats this year.
Courtesy Project Sanctuary

Project Sanctuary, a Granby-based nonprofit that provides therapeutic retreats and long term support for at-risk military families, has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the third consecutive year that the organization has earned this top distinction.

Only the most fiscally responsible organizations obtain a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits on a variety of metrics to assess their financial health, accountability and transparency.

This year, Project Sanctuary earned a score of 96.6 out of 100, four points higher than its 2017 score and above the 86.7 average for Colorado-based nonprofits. The organization also achieved a higher score than the average for nonprofits providing similar services.

“Choosing an organization to give to each year can be difficult without the tools to evaluate how financially responsible nonprofits are,” Project Sanctuary Founder Heather Ehle said. “Charity Navigator empowers people to invest their donations wisely, and Project Sanctuary’s four-star rating helps validate our work to support military families.”

Project Sanctuary allocates 89 cents of every dollar donated directly to program expenses, funding therapeutic retreats to help military families reconnect after a deployment as well as two years of additional support services. The organization also spends just 3.9 percent of its budget on administrative expenses and is led by a board that receives no compensation for its services.

Project Sanctuary is changing how military families heal by strengthening families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering therapeutic opportunities nationwide.

Since its founding over a decade ago, the nonprofit has served more than 1,200 families, using an evidence-based approach that combines coursework, counseling and recreational activities to reconnect and empower families.

In 2018, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in eight states and will continue outreach to the 2,300 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention.

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