Parkinson’s Foundation Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

NEW YORK & MIAMI (October 22, 2018) — The Parkinson’s Foundation has achieved a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.

The 4-star rating is the highest rating given only to nonprofit organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform peers, while demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

“This rating is an indication that we are efficiently working towards our mission to help the nearly one million people with Parkinson’s in the U.S. live better lives,” said John Lehr, Parkinson’s Foundation president and chief executive officer. “We take our commitment to donors seriously and are proud to highlight this badge of transparency and accountability from Charity Navigator.”

The prestigious four-star rating signifies that donations to the Parkinson’s Foundation will continue to be invested in support of the Foundation’s mission. Eighty-five cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to people affected by Parkinson’s through funding groundbreaking research, life-changing programs and community outreach efforts.

“Our 4-star rating demonstrates to our donors and supporters that they can trust us to use their donations wisely to advance Parkinson’s research and care,” said Sean Kramer, senior vice president and chief development officer.

The complete Charity Navigator rating review of the Parkinson’s Foundation can be found at

To view the Foundation’s most recent annual report, visit


About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. Since 1957, the Parkinson’s Foundation has invested more than $400 million in Parkinson’s research and clinical care. Connect with us on Parkinson.orgFacebookTwitterInstagram or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the U.S. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the U.S. alone.

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