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Rheumatology Research Foundation Earns Top Rating from Charity Navigator for 11th Consecutive Year

October 10, 2019

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ATLANTA - The Rheumatology Research Foundation, the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the U.S., has earned its 11th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

The rating, which is Charity Navigator's highest designation, was awarded to the Foundation because of the organization's strong financial health, commitment to accountability and transparency. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

Charity Navigator bases its ratings on non-profits' financial health and commitment to transparency. Only 1% of charities have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that the Foundation outperforms most charities in America.

"The Foundation is committed to good governance and operating at the highest levels of financial health, accountability and transparency. We owe that to our supporters and funders and are proud to be honored by Charity Navigator for achieving the 4-star designation for 11 consecutive years," said Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“The Rheumatology Research Foundation’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the Foundation.”

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 programs in the U.S. Established in 1985, the Foundation is focused on advancing patient care and accelerating discoveries in rheumatic diseases. More information about the Foundation can be found at


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