March 13, 2013 – Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the sixth consecutive year (2006-2011) that Can Do MS has earned this top distinction.
“Only 3% of charities we rate have received at least six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Can Do MS outperforms most other charities in America,” according to Ken Berger, President and CEO, Charity Navigator. “Can Do MS’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”
“We are honored to receive this 4-star rating for our philanthropic efforts. Over 80 percent of the dollars we receive are committed to our programs and services,” said Heidi A. Heltzel, President and CEO of Can Do MS. “Over the years, we have gone to great lengths to meet our fiscal responsibility, and we are pleased Charity Navigator has recognized our diligence in adhering to strict financial accountability. We will strive to maintain the high standards set forth by Charity Navigator, and continue to earn the trust and respect of our donors”
Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates. The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.
To view the Can Do Multiple Sclerosis rating page, please visit the Charity Navigator website