Financial Responsibility

CEDARS is committed to Financial Responsibility. In the last fiscal year, CEDARS consolidated agencies spent 90% of all expenditures on services for children. Percentages are based on the formula set forth by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, whose standard recommends at least 65% of an organization’s total expenses be spent on program activities.

89 percent of all contributions are spent on services for children
  • Every year thousands of children come through CEDARS' doors. And with them come stories of challenge and hope. Through your support, you become part of their stories. Learn more by reading our President's Annual Report

CEDARS is...

  • a "Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity" and 2005 BBB Integrity Award winner

  • a Charity Navigator four star charity. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that CEDARS adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.

  • a top-rated charity with the American Institute of Philanthropy, a nationally prominent charity watchdog service

  • nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA)

  • and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

  • a United Way partner

Strong financial health as well as commitment to accountability and transparency have earned CEDARS the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

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