CDC Foundation Receives Ninth Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

For the ninth consecutive year, the CDC Foundation has achieved a 4-star rating by Charity Navigator (see the rating). Four stars is the highest rating awarded by Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. 

As the independent, nonprofit partner of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation advances the mission of CDC through philanthropy and public-private partnerships that protect the health, safety and security of America and the world.

The core components of Charity Navigator ratings—financial health, accountability and transparency—are measured annually. During the 2014 fiscal year, on which the CDC Foundation was evaluated, the Foundation spent the majority of its budget, 86.1 percent, on program expenses and only 8.7 percent on administrative expenses and 5.1 percent on fundraising.

“We are proud to have earned our ninth consecutive 4-star charity ranking as the Foundation continues to provide value in building and managing partnerships,” said Charles Stokes, president and CEO of the CDC Foundation. “We are grateful to our staff, board, donors and partners who are instrumental to our mission of helping CDC do more, faster.”

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