Edgewood Children’s Ranch Earns a Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

Orlando, 11-27-23 - Edgewood Children’s Ranch is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency have earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator. This rating designates Edgewood Children’s Ranch as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria. Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, referred to as beacons. Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for the Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability beacons.

“We are delighted to provide Edgewood Children’s Ranch with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that Edgewood Children’s Ranch is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

“Our Four-Star Charity Navigator is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial health,” said Executive Director, Bruce Jordan. “We hope that it will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us advance our mission to be a trusted childcare facility and restoration home serving the individual healing needs of children in Central Florida. Our mission is to empower children to thrive through love, structure, education, and Biblical Values. Our purpose is to help children to live purposeful and transformed lives.”

Edgewood Ranch’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.

Our History

Since 1966, the goal of Edgewood Children’s Ranch has been to help at-risk children and their families nd hope. Our mission began when Orange County Juvenile Court Judge D. Arthur Yergey sought an option other than juvenile detention or connement for young boys with disruptive behaviors. Judge Yergey’s vision coincided with the passion of John W. “Jack” Lynd whose years of working with troubled children led him to a similar vision to establish a faith-based home and school where young people could safely heal and change the direction their lives are heading.

Our program began in a small house with two boys and a lot of faith and prayer. Dr. Jack Lynd and those boys prayed for their rst meal because there was none at the time and God provided. Since our humble beginning, we continue to step out on faith and pray for the things that we need and God continues to move in people’s hearts to support the Ranch. Since 1966, our program has grown from helping two boys in a small house to being able to help up to 50 children and their families nd hope for a better future.