AUTISM RESEARCH INSTITUTE EARNS COVETED 4-STAR RATING FROM CHARITY NAVIGATOR

SAN DIEGO, July 1, 2019 – The Autism Research Institute’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have once again earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Since 2002, using objective 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 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 substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

The Autism Research Institute’s exceptional 4-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 4-star rating. This adds The Autism Research Institute to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support The Autism Research Institute.”

 “It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission TO SUPPORT THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE AFFECTED BY AUTISM THROUGH INNOVATIVE, IMPACTFUL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION,” said Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., Executive Director of ARI.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.” 

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

About The Autism Research Institute
Causes of ASD remain unclear but recent scientific advances challenge the traditional view of autism as an untreatable disease—as one that is “genetically hard-wired.” These developments support the position that Autism Research Institute (ARI) has always maintained: Autism Is Treatable. Established in 1967 by psychologist and renowned father of modern autism research Dr. Bernard Rimland, ARI continues to pioneer in research, outreach, and cooperative efforts with other organizations worldwide. ARI advocates for the rights of people with ASD, and operates without funding from special-interest groups. Visit us online at www.autism.org

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.

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