Esperança was awarded the Independent Charities Seal of Excellence. This is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. These standards include those required by the US Government for inclusion in the Combined Federal Campaign, probably the most exclusive fund drive in the world.
Of the 1,000,000 charities operating in the United States today, it is estimated that fewer than 50,000, or 5 percent, meet or exceed these standards, and, of those, fewer than 2,000 have been awarded this Seal. “We are honored to receive this award and to be recognized as one of the best charities in America.” Said, Tom Egan, President and CEO of Esperança. “I knew that Esperança was a very special organization, but when they told me that fewer than 5% of the charities in the whole country receive this seal of approval, I was truly proud of our staff, board of directors, donors and volunteers for making us one of the best charities in America”.