Project Sanctuary Receives 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Third Consecutive Year

GRANBY, CO  – Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based nonprofit that provides therapeutic retreats and long-term support for at-risk military families, has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year that the organization has earned this top distinction.

Only the most fiscally responsible organizations obtain a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits on a variety of metrics to assess their financial health, accountability, and transparency. Thisyear, Project Sanctuary earned a score of 96.6 out of 100, four points higher than its 2017 score and above the 86.7 average for Colorado-based nonprofits. The organization also achieved a higher score than the average for nonprofitsproviding similar services.

“Choosing an organization to give to each year can be difficult without the tools to evaluate how financially responsible nonprofits are,” said Project Sanctuary Founder Heather Ehle. “Charity Navigator empowers people to invest their donations wisely, and Project Sanctuary’s four-star rating helps validate our work to support military families.”

Project Sanctuary allocates 89 cents of every dollar donated directly to program expenses, funding therapeutic retreats to help military families reconnect after a deployment as well as two years of additional support services. The organization also spends just 3.9 percent of its budget on administrative expenses and is led by a board that receives no compensation for its services.

Project Sanctuary is changing how military families heal by strengthening families during the stressful times of deployment, transition, and reintegration, offering therapeutic opportunities nationwide. Since its founding over a decade ago, the nonprofit has served more than 1,200 families, using an evidence-based approach that combines coursework, counseling, and recreational activities to reconnect and empower families. In 2018, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in seven states and will continue outreach to the 2,400 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention.


About Project Sanctuary

Focused on changing how military families heal, Project Sanctuary takes a human-centered, solution-based approach in serving at-risk military families. Through long-term programming, focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to find the healing they need to recover and thrive.

Founded in 2007, Project Sanctuary holds a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, and Better Business Bureau Charity Accreditation. Sponsors and partners thathelp make Project Sanctuary programs possible include The Kendeda Fund, AimcoCares, First Command Financial Services, InfiniteHero Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Inc., The Weinberg Foundation, and YMCA of the Rockies. More information is available online at

About Charity Navigator

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 more than 8,000charities. 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. For more information visit


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