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    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis earns coveted four star rating for fiscal responsibility for fifth consecutive year

    Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Edwards, Colo. • March 20, 2012 – Can Do MS has earned a four-star rating, the highest rating possible, five consecutive years for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances from nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator.  According to President and CEO of Charity Navigator, Ken Berger, only 14 percent of the charities that Charity Navigator rates have received at least two consecutive four-star evaluations, indicating that Can Do MS outperforms most other charities in America.

    “We are honored to receive this 5th consecutive 4-star designation. Over 80 percent of the dollars we receive are committed to our programs and services,” said Heidi Heltzel, President and CEO of Can Do MS. “Our rating is a testament of Can Do MS’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.  In this economic climate, it’s more important than ever for our donors to know their dollars are used efficiently for our mission of empowering people living with multiple sclerosis to transform and improve their quality of life. Charity Navigator’s recognition of our accomplishments verifies that we’re meeting the high standards we set for our operations.”

    Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest and most-utilized, independent evaluator of nonprofit organizations. Each year Charity Navigator rates nearly 5,500 nonprofits based on operational efficiency and organizational capacity.  These ratings show donors how charities use their dollars, and to what extent charities grow programs and services over time.

    In 2011, Charity Navigator unveiled a more in-depth rating system refined to continue providing charitable givers easy access to valuable information.  In operating under this new Accountability & Transparency two-dimensional rating system, Can Do MS obtained its second four star rating.  Charity Navigator uses the Form 990, a public tax return that each organization files annually, to complete each of its financial evaluations.  Donors rely on the star rating system to guide their dollars to fiscally-responsible charities.

    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis is an innovative provider of lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. A national nonprofit organization, we empower people to move beyond their MS by giving them the knowledge, skills, tools and confidence to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors, actively co-manage their disease and live their best lives. 


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    Jennifer Myers, Communications & Marketing Manager
    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis
    Phone: 970-926-1270
    Fax: 970-926-1295

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    PO Box 5860 Avon, CO 81620 Phone: 970-926-1290 or 800-367-3101 Fax: 970-926-1295 Email:
    MS Coalition Charity Navigator Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Independent Charities of America Humane Charity

    Can Do Multiple Sclerosis™ is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
    Charitable Organization Number: 74-2337853

    Formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis | Founded by Jimmie Heuga

    A national nonprofit organization, Can Do MS is a leading provider of innovative lifestyle empowerment programs
    that empower people with MS and their support partners to transform and improve their quality of life.

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