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Ridge Runner Ramble 2016

This year's Ridge Runner Ramble was on Saturday, July 16th and it turned out to be a beautiful day for a ride in the country. Columbus Outdoor Pursuits partnered with The Homeless Families Foundation again this year to bring cyclists together to end homelessness. Over 350 cyclists enjoyed the beautiful weather, well-stocked rest stops, and of course the White Castle meals at the end of the ride and Sunny 95's offering of Cheryl's cookies.

We truly appreciate all of the support we received from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Grange Insurance, All Saints Episcopal Church, Sunny 95 and White Castle.

As a special treat this year Jeff Johnson of JL Johnson Photography captured the event in pictures. All of the images are free to download and are sized for sharing on social media. To see the pictures from this year's Ridge Rumble Ramble log into http://www.jljohnsonphotography.com/2106-Ridge-Runner-Ramble.

4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

THE HOMELESS FAMILIES FOUNDATION EARNS
COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

The Homeless Families Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

“The Homeless Families Foundation’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds The Homeless Families Foundation (HFF) to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support The Homeless Families Foundation.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to educate and nurture children while empowering families to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency” said Adrienne Corbett, HFF Executive Director. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator provides the public with confidence in our organization by acknowledging our good governance and financial accountability.”

The Homeless Families Foundation rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about HFF’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

The Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education reinforces the importance of these family events, “The evidence is clear: Family involvement helps children get ready to enter school, promotes their school success and prepares youth for college.”

The Homeless Families Foundation is a nonprofit organization and is registered with the BBB of Central Ohio. We participate in the BBB Accredited Charity Seal program, which indicates that we meet all 20 of the Standards of Charity Accountability and are noted as an Accredited Charity. The 20 Standards evaluate a charity’s financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and fundraising and informational materials. The HFF BBB Wise Giving Report can be found at http://www.bbb.org/centralohio/Charity-Reviews/charity-local/the-homeless-families-foundation-in-columbus-oh-11225/print.

Charity Navigator Rating

The Homeless Families Foundation works to make sure the gifts we receive serve the children and families we serve. We recently received an unexpected gift and when asked, the new donor said he found HFF at Charity Navigators. We were happy to find out that Charity Navigators gave us a 100 out of 100 for Accountability and Transparency.

Charity Navigator is an American independent charity watchdog organization that evaluates charitable organizations in the United States. Its stated goal is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges". To find out more follow this link http://www.charitynavigator.org/

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