For the ninth straight year, the national Rotary Foundation has earned a four-star rating from an independent evaluator of charities from across the United States.

  The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world.

  Hartford City Rotary President Larry Garrett made the announcement during a recent meeting of the local group.

   Garrett reported that Charity Navigator, a service that rates charities on accountability, management and mostly how much of the money raised was actually given for charitable purposes, had given the Rotary Foundation the highest possible score possible – 100 points out of 100 points.