Palm Beach Gardens Nonprofit Place Of Hope Earns Charity Navigator’s No. 1 Ranking For Second Year In A Row


One Palm Beach Gardens charity has earned national recognition for its work in 2015.

Children’s organization Place of Hope earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating among youth development, shelter and crisis services charities, thanks to its 100 percent accountability and transparency score and near-perfect financial performance grade.

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, announced Place of Hope’s first-place ranking Wednesday. This is Place of Hope’s second consecutive year receiving the designation.

“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Place of Hope from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” Charity Navigator said in a statement.  

As Palm Beach County’s largest children’s organization, Place of Hope provides family-style foster care, safety for domestic minors who are victims of sexually trafficking, healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect, and more.

“Our entire Place of Hope network can take credit for changing the lives of children in need and doing so in a manner of transparency, quality and excellence,” executive director Charles Bender said in a release.

The nonprofit operates several campuses and locations, including two in Palm Beach Gardens: Village of Hope, which offers an extended foster care program for youth who age out of the system, and Joann’s Cottage of Palm Beach Gardens, a maternity home for young mothers and pregnant women.

This past year, Place of Hope also expanded beyond Palm Beach County’s borders into Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River counties.

If you’d like to consider supporting Place of Hope, visit

Place of Hope; 9078 Isaiah Lane, Palm Beach Gardens

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