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Frugality and Trust

02/Nov/15 / 22:34

One of the pillars of our strategic plan, Frugality and Trust, shows the Food Bank’s commitment to using our resources wisely to serve more hungry neighbors with every dollar.


A Top 20 Chicagoland Charity

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Chicago Magazine
November 2015

Out of 18,239 Chicagoland non-profits, Northern Illinois Food Bank was honored to be included in Chicago Magazine’s Top 20 Best Charities list.

Sandra Miniutti, vice president of Charity Navigator, was quoted in the November 2015 article, “a great [charity] is demonstrably efficient, ethical, and effective.”

“There’s plenty of need outside Cook County – and that’s the focus of this far-flung network of pantries and soup kitchens, which provided more than 50 million meals last year….”

4-Star Charity Navigator rating since 2002

Northern Illinois Food Bank’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 for 12 consecutive years, putting the Food Bank in the class of only 1% of all charities nationwide that have earned the distinction 12 straight years.

 “Northern Illinois Food Bank’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars — a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.  Northern Illinois Food Bank supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

Better Business Bureau accredited

Northern Illinois Food Bank has earned accreditation by the Better Business Bureau.