Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™
Contact: Jennifer Myers, Director of Marketing & Communications
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Sixth Consecutive Year
Edwards, Colo. • 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 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. To learn more about Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, visit www.mscando.org.
About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of roughly 5,500 mid-to-large sized charities that garner roughly 50% of all private contributions made in the USA each year (not including houses of worship). Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 201, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.
About Can Do MS
A national nonprofit organization based in Edwards, Colorado, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life. For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.mscando.org or call 970-926-1290.