(Grapevine, TX, June 1, 2017) – Snowball Express’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. This is the third consecutive year that Snowball Express has earned this top distinction.


Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices  and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.  On June 1, 2016, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.


“Snowball Express’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “We are proud to announce Snowball Express has earned our third consecutive 4-star rating. Only 16% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Snowball Express outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Snowball Express apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Snowball Express”.


“It’s important to us that our donors know and trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our mission, said Francis “Buck” Kern, Executive Director for Snowball Express.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities very seriously. Charity Navigator is the largest; most respected and trusted charity evaluator in the world, and being reviewed and rated by them is extremely important for a non-profit.  Before Charity Navigator even considers reviewing a non-profit, the organization must be in existence a minimum of seven years and meet their strict criteria. We have worked very hard for twelve years to uphold very high standards, and consistently demonstrate our commitment to being an open, efficient, and trustworthy organization.”


We are very proud that Snowball Express has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating for the third consecutive year, the coveted “4-Star Exceptional Rating”, said Robert Apetz, Board Chairman for Snowball Express. This validates our 12-year commitment to providing the very best service and programs possible to the children and families of our fallen military heroes, and to our supporters and sponsors who help us carry out our mission.”


SnowballExpress’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on More detailed information about Snowball Express’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.


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 8,000 charities. 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. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.


About Snowball Express

Snowball Express, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes. Our mission is to honor America’s fallen military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice since 9/11 by humbly serving the families they left behind. By connecting these families we champion their children’s future success by creating opportunities for joy, friendship, education, and communal healing. To learn more about snowball Express, visit: . You may also communicate by mail at 611 S. Main Street, Suite 400, Grapevine, TX 76051.

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