May 04, 2012 at 15:17 PM EDT
Patient Advocate Foundation Receives Third Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Nation's Largest Independent Charity Evaluator

PAF is among only 9% of all charities to be top-rated three years in a row.

HAMPTON, Va., May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) – a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases – this week received Charity Navigator's third consecutive 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of over 5,500 of America's largest charities.   Receiving a perfect 4-star rating indicates that PAF "consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, adheres to good governance and industry best practices, and places it among the best of America's efficient, ethical and open charities." 

Only 9% of the charities rated by Charity Navigator receive at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Patient Advocate Foundation outperforms most other charities in America.  For the complete rating review and specific evaluation metrics, which includes details of PAF's 69.17 out of 70 score for Financial Performance and perfect 70 out of 70 score for Accountability & Transparency, please visit PAF's Charity Navigator Profile

"On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate Patient Advocate Foundation on achieving our coveted 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency," said Ken Berger, President/Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator, in a letter to PAF. "This "exceptional" designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Patient Advocate Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust."

"We were pleased and honored to receive this independent rating and consider it great news for our donors, patients and organizational partners, as it demonstrates the care with which we manage financial resources, our focus on excellent patient service levels and an unwavering commitment to our mission," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, CEO of PAF.

About Charity Navigator:   Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities, with the stated goal to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health and performance of America's charities.   Their evaluation system rates nonprofits between zero and four stars, enabling millions of donors and interested public to access relevant information before they make a donation or further interact with a charity.

About PAF: Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded in 1996, that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.  PAF's professional case managers received and resolved 103,112 cases in 2011, representing a 24.3% increase in cases from 2010.  PAF services are available to all patients, patient families, and medical professionals, offering nineteen programs and services ranging from case management to co-pay relief, as well as specialized clinical support through the MedCare Line. Patient Advocate Foundation serves patients from all 50 states, and has physical locations in all of the top patient referral states including Texas, Florida, California, New York and Virginia. For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation, please visit www.patientadvocate.org.  

SOURCE Patient Advocate Foundation

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