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ATLANTA  - The Rheumatology Research Foundation (Foundation) is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned its 14th consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator. This rating designates the Foundation as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that donations are used effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.  
“We are delighted to provide the Rheumatology Research Foundation with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The four-star rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that the Foundation is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”  
“Our four-star Charity Navigator rating is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial health,” said Rachel Myslinski, MBA. “We hope that it will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us further our mission to advance research and training to improve the health of patients living with rheumatic disease.” 
The Foundation’s new strategic plan proposes an expansion of the research portfolio, while maintaining a balance between funding workforce development and innovative research. In addition, the plan includes a goal and strategies related to expansion of our donor base and increased brand awareness. These will be central components of the Foundation’s work throughout the next four years to keep us poised for the continued growth of our programs and positioning us to have an even greater impact on the health of patients living with rheumatic disease. 

The Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on 

About The Rheumatology Research Foundation  
The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training in the United States with a mission to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. Established by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1985, the Foundation provides funding to help recruit the best and brightest into the field, train rheumatology professionals in all career stages and support investigators conducting research that will lead us to more options for people with rheumatic disease.   

Give today and help transform the future for millions of people living with rheumatic disease.