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(Danvers, MA June 6, 2016) The Scleroderma Foundation's sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth time that the Foundation has earned this top distinction in the last seven years.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“The Scleroderma Foundation’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, President  & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. The Foundation’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

“It’s important our donors trust that we’re using our funding wisely to accomplish our three fold mission of support, education and research,” said Robert J. Riggs, CEO of the Scleroderma Foundation. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters that we take our fiduciary and governance responsibilities  seriously.”

The Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on  More-detailed information about the Foundation’s rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator,, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.

About the Scleroderma Foundation

The Scleroderma Foundation is the national organization that helps people with scleroderma - and their families and friends - cope with the disease through support groups, physician referrals, and education information.  The Foundation was formed Jan. 1, 1998,  and is headquartered in Danvers, MA. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of people living with scleroderma and their families. The Foundation has a network of 22 chapters and 150 support groups committed to carrying out the three-fold mission of support, education and research.  An active Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, comprised of internationally known scleroderma experts, assists the Foundation in providing research and medical related information to patients, medical professionals and other interested parties. The Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of peer-reviewed medical research besides the federal government, and makes at least $1 million available each year for new research grants to find the cause and cure for scleroderma.

For more information about the Scleroderma Foundation, visit or call (800) 722-HOPE (4673).



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