Nutrition education nonprofit celebrates top rating as it commemorates 15 year anniversary
May 2, 2019 – Common Threads, a national nonprofit that combats the rising number of diet-related diseases through nutrition and hands-on cooking classes for children and families, recently received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This is the charity assessor’s highest rating.
Charity Navigator evaluates nonprofit organizations based upon two components: financial health and accountability & transparency. Founded in 2001, the website is considered the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities with ratings for more than 9,000 local, national and international nonprofit organizations.
“This is a proud moment for our organization,” said Common Threads Founding CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe. “Our team is passionate about delivering innovative and cost-effective programming to improve the health and wellness of the communities we serve. Our Charity Navigator rating is a reflection of the steadfast commitment we make to our children, families, donors and community partners.”
The news coincides with the launch of its 15th anniversary. The celebration will run through March 2020 and include marquee fundraising events in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Austin. Since Common Threads held its first classes in 2004, the nonprofit has provided:
Common Threads was founded in Chicago in 2003 by CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe, celebrity chef Art Smith and his husband, artist Jesus Salgueiro, as a way to bring under-resourced children together, help them celebrate different cultures and teach them about healthy nutrition. From its humble beginnings in a church basement, Common Threads now services children and families in 13 markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Pittsburgh, Austin, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, El Paso and Erie. For more information, visit commonthreads.org, or search #CookingForLife on social media.