Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, has awarded North Coast Health Ministry its prestigious 4-star rating for good governance, sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. North Coast Health Ministry (NCHM) is currently the only free clinic in Ohio with such a high rating and is one of only 12 out of 1,200 free and charitable clinics across the county to earn four stars.
“We are honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” said NCHM Executive Director Lee Elmore. “We work hard to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. This designation is demonstration of our commitment to transparency and accountability to our many supporters, donors and partners.”
Charity Navigator works to help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on more than five thousand charities nationwide and by evaluating their financial health. It calculates each charity’s score based upon several broad criteria, including how much is spent per dollar raised, what percentage of funds goes to programs vs. administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the organization’s long-term financial health. It then assigns a rating from one to four, with four being the best rating.
Ninety-five percent of all funds raised by North Coast Health Ministry are used directly for patient care.
About North Coast Health Ministry
NCHM is a faith-based charitable clinic that provides and optimizes access to health care for the medically underserved. A vital part of Greater Cleveland’s health care safety net for the past 27 years, NCHM provides primary care, prescription assistance, specialty referrals and health education to low-income individuals and families. With the support of over 150 volunteer physicians, nurses and other caregivers, NCHM is the medical home for its patients, providing preventive care and chronic disease management as well as care for acute illnesses and injuries.