Gold Star Gala For Local Charity

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It has been a golden year for the Youth and Family Counseling Agency of Oyster Bay-East Norwich (YFCA), as highlighted at its spring benefit held at the Muttontown Club, celebrating the nonprofit agency’s recent recognition as a Gold Level Charity. More than 135 people attended the event, showing support for this vital local organization.

Board President James Werner highlighted some of the programs the YFCA offers—from substance abuse counseling to food pantries to summer programs for children to crisis intervention.

“In all, some 9,000 units of service were performed in support of those most in need in our community this year alone,” said Werner.

The evening had a star theme as last fall YFCA was recognized by Guidestar as a Gold Level Charity, signifying that YFCA is in the top 2 percent of nonprofits nationwide with regard to financial transparency, community impact, program effectiveness and operating efficiency. YFCA is the only NGO in the area to receive this designation.

According to board member Robin Senior, GuideStar is the “top clearinghouse” for information pertaining to nonprofits across the country. Guidestar connects donors and organizations with information on programs and finances of IRS-registered nonprofit.
“At this time, we are the only nonprofit in Oyster Bay and East Norwich to achieve this level,” said Senior.

In the world of nonprofits, every contribution counts. Senior said that 80 percent of YFCA income goes to support programming, which is significantly higher than the national average.

“Not only does Guidestar provide transparency for our donors with regard to our operations and financial reporting, but also allows YFCA to benchmark ourselves with similar organizations,” she said.

Attendees mingled with YFCA staff and board members, celebrating the evening in the wood-paneled living room and on the expansive terrace. The program included a presentation by Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan, who noted: “The work of the YFCA is not only helping people today, it’s making for a stronger community and a brighter future for all.”

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