AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2013) - The LIVESTRONG Foundation today announced it has received a four out of four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charity excellence based on financial health, accountability and transparency. The LIVESTRONG Foundation also announced that it has been ranked 19th in The NonProfit Times' 50 Best NonProfits to Work For in 2013. The Foundation adds these accolades to its growing list of achievements, which include the highest ratings from industry leaders the Better Business Bureau, the National Health Council and the American Institute of Philanthropy.
"In working to improve the daily lives of people affected by cancer over the last 16 years, we have always held ourselves as an organization to the highest standards of ethics, accountability and workplace culture," said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG Foundation President and CEO. "Our staff makes our success possible, and we could not be prouder of them and the prestigious recognition they have earned from such respected outfits as Charity Navigator and The NonProfit Times."
The LIVESTRONG Foundation is in the midst of an aggressive effort to expand programs and services that support people facing cancer today. Recently, in light of the news that cancer centers across the country are turning away thousands of Medicare patients due to recent federal spending cuts known as "sequestration," the Foundation mobilized its cancer support services team to help anyone confronting challenges getting access to drugs understand their options and find answers. This work builds on significant progress in 2012, when the Foundation helped a record number of people -- more than 15,000 -- through its free cancer support services, including financial assistance, emotional counseling, fertility preservation and treatment options. These personalized, confidential services are available in person, on the phone and online. The Foundation offers no-cost, bilingual referrals to free cancer screening resources throughout the U.S. through its website, LIVESTRONG.org, and toll-free number, (855) 220-7777.
As the United States' leading independent charity evaluator, Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health and accountability and transparency of America's largest charities. With these ratings and other information, Charity Navigator guides intelligent giving by helping people donate to charities with confidence.
"The LIVESTRONG Foundation's coveted four-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities and indicates that it adheres to good governance and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way," said Ken Berger, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. "This rating, now with our new accountability and transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. The Foundation's supporters should feel more confident that their hard-earned donations are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating."
Each year, The NonProfit Times partners with Best Companies Groups to conduct a survey that studies all aspects of the nonprofits in consideration, including benefits and employment practices. Employees are then given a confidential survey of statements with which they could agree or disagree, covering eight general categories: leadership and planning, corporate culture and communications, role satisfaction, work environment, relationship with supervisor, training and development, pay and benefits, and overall employee engagement.
About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.