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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

19 Jan 2022 — 3 min read

By AFSP

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NEW YORK (January 19, 2022) – The nation’s largest suicide prevention organization, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention earns 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.”

“It’s important to AFSP that we earn the trust of our donors by using their donations wisely to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said CEO Robert Gebbia of AFSP. “Our four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our commitment to sound financial management practices and that we maximize the use of every dollar we raise to advance our mission.”

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, we upgraded our methodology for rating each charity’s financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of our four-star charities. 
 
“The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our four-star rating. This adds the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. 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 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.” 
   
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 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health through 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, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states 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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