Patient Advocate Foundation Awarded Top Rating Fifth Year in a Row from Nation’s Largest Independent Charity Evaluator

LIGHTNING RELEASES: Hampton, VA (8/13/2014)– Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) – a leading national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases –remained one of the higher ranked charities in the country after receiving Charity Navigator’s fifth consecutive 4-star rating for its commitment to accountability and transparency and efficient financial performance.

“PAF shows consistent leadership in the quality and delivery of its charitable services,” said Ken Berger, President/Chief Executive Officer of Charity Navigator, in a letter to PAF. “Receiving four out of a possible four stars once again indicates that PAF adheres to good governance and other best practices that support and promote ethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.” Only four percent of the charities rated by Charity Navigator receive five consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that PAF outperforms most charities in America.

Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency of 6,000 of America’s largest charities.

“Receiving this high ranking five years in a row is a testament to PAF’s board, staff, patients and organizational partners, and indicative of the care with which our board of directors and staff work together to manage our financial resources and focus on excellent patient services,” said Dr. Alan Balch, CEO of PAF.

PAF also scored highest among charities performing similar types of work. For the complete rating review and specific evaluation metrics, which includes details of PAF’s 67.81 out of 70 overall score and perfect 70 out of 70 score for Accountability & Transparency, please visit PAF’s Charity Navigator Profile.

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About Charity Navigator: Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities, with the stated goal to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health and performance of America’s charities. Their evaluation system rates nonprofits between zero and four stars, enabling millions of donors and interested public to access relevant information before they make a donation or further interact with a charity.

About PAF: Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization founded in 1996, that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. PAF’s professional case managers received and resolved 88,364 cases in 2013 to patients representing 326 different diagnoses or health conditions. PAF services are available to all patients, patient families, and medical professionals, offering nineteenprograms and services ranging from case management to co-pay relief, as well as specialized support through the MedCareLine and the Financial Fund Division. Patient Advocate Foundation serves patients from all 50 states, and has physical locations in the top patient referral states including Texas, Florida, California and Virginia. For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation, please visit www.patientadvocate.org.