New York, NY (March 5, 2018) – The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is proud to announce that it has once again received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

“On behalf of Charity Navigator, I wish to congratulate the Huntington’s Disease Society of America on attaining the coveted 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency,” said Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator’s President & CEO. “We are proud to announce Huntington’s Disease Society of America has earned our second consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Huntington’s Disease Society of America exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work.”

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities.  Charity Navigator’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. The ratings show givers how efficiently they believe a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to good governance, best practices and openness with information.

“We take an incredible amount of pride in being fiscally responsible when executing our mission to improve the lives of everyone affected by HD and their families,” said Louise Vetter, HDSA’s CEO. “This is a tremendous honor that would not be possible without the extraordinary work of our volunteers across the United States.”

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD.  From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today, hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.

Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene that causes HD. Today, there are approximately 30,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.

The symptoms of HD are described as having, ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.

To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800) 345-HDSA.


For Immediate Release

Contact: Christopher Cosentino

Director of Marketing & Communications

Phone: (212) 242-1968 x229

Email: ccosentino@hdsa.org