Published On: Mon, Jan 11th, 2021

South Florida Science Center awarded 4-Star rating for organizational financial strength and transparency by Charity Navigator

By: Robert S Weinroth 

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has been awarded the coveted 4-Star (highest) rating for organizational financial strength and transparency by Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading arbiter of non-profit fiscal soundness.

This is the seventh straight year we’ve received this award.  Only 7 percent of US nonprofits evaluated by Charity Navigator have been awarded seven consecutive 4-Star ratings.

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium managed to maintain this rating during a global pandemic no less.  

The longevity of this award is a credit to the entire organization – Board members and professional staff – who have proven that when governance and staff work together anything is possible.  

The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium continues to operate normal business hours and had a busy holiday season with nearly 8,000 visitors coming through their doors in those two weeks alone. 

Guests feel safe and comfortable both inside the building and outdoors on our Fisher Family Science Trail with the intense safety guidelines employed by the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium .   

The Science Center was just notified they received their GBAC (Global Biorisk Advisory Council) STAR certification.  This is an accreditation that shows our guests, staff and community how serious the Center is with respect to their safety protocols.

GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.   It is the gold standard of prepared facilities. 

This accreditation means the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium has: established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2); the proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease;  and highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response. 

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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