ROYAL OAK, Mich., January 10, 2012 – The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) has earned the highest possible rating – four out of four stars – for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from the nation’s largest independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations.  

The top rating from Charity Navigator places the DZS among only 21 charities in Michigan and 16 zoos and aquariums in the United States to achieve four stars.  Charity Navigator monitors 5,500 charities annually.  

“It’s great to be ranked among the top charities in the country.  Our donors can invest with confidence knowing that we are good stewards of their philanthropy,” said DZS Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan.

According to Charity Navigator, a four-star rating indicates that a charity 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.

“Savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator.  “This coveted four-star designation demonstrates to the public that the Detroit Zoological Society is worthy of their trust and support.”