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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
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Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
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DAYTON, OH (March 5, 2015) – Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the first time that Dayton Performing Arts Alliance has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s coveted 4-star rating puts the organization in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator.  “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”
 
“In the current economic environment, it is important that our donors know we are using their support wisely to bring world-class performing arts and education experiences to Dayton through Dayton Opera, Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Paul Helfrich, DPAA President and CEO.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates our commitment to institutional transparency and tells our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously.”


Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org.   More-detailed information about Dayton Performing Arts Alliance’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.
 
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About Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org)
Charity Navigator 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 roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). 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 non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization 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 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

 
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (www.daytonperformingarts.org)
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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