Published: Jul 08, 2010 5:33 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 08, 2010 2:31 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla  - The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools is proud to report that Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent evaluator of over 5,500 of America’s charities, has rated the Foundation a 4-Star Charity, its highest ranking. The Foundation earned the 4-Star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. The star system used by Charity Navigator ranges from NONE (meaning exceptionally poor) to 4 Stars (meaning exceptional).  The 4-Star distinction, achieved by only 25% of all evaluated charities, indicates that The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in its cause. “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” states Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity Navigator.

Kenneth A. O’Donnell, Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Senior VP of Bank of America, acknowledges, "I wish to thank the community for the support given to The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. The highest Charity Navigator rating provides contributors, and those considering becoming contributors, with the confidence that the staff and Board of Directors are serving the needs of Lee County students while taking their fiduciary roles seriously. We look forward to continuing our work, and for the generous support of existing and new friends of The Foundation. Please inform a friend about the many ways they can become involved in the programs offered to benefit the Lee County Schools, and thank you again for your generosity."

Marshall T. Bower, Executive Director of The Foundation, acknowledges “The Foundation staff wishes to express its thanks to all of our supporters.  This exceptional rating is due to the support, hard work and involvement of all of you.  Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of our greatest asset, our students.  Because of your dedication to our mission, we are able to enhance and enrich the public school experience for our students and teachers so they have the opportunity to excel.”