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Charity Navigator Awards American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Prestigious 4-Star Rating

August 9, 2023 – 3 min read


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NEW YORK (August 9, 2023) –  The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s leading suicide prevention organization earned a four-star rating for its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is Charity Navigator’s top rating and the highest possible score of “exceptional” – a ranking only given to charities that “exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in its cause.”

“AFSP’s commitment to sound financial management is core to our work to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said AFSP CEO Robert Gebbia. “We are proud of our four-star rating and that our donors can trust that their donations are being spent wisely to advance suicide prevention.”

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-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 operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator also upgraded its methodology for rating each charity’s financial health further substantiating the vigor of determining and receiving a four-star rating.

“We are delighted to provide AFSP 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 AFSP is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”


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.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide, including those who have experienced a loss. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through public education and community programs, develops suicide prevention through research and advocacy, and provides support for those affected by suicide. Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, with a public policy office in Washington, DC, AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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