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The CJD Foundation Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

The CJD Foundation’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the fourth consecutive time that The CJD Foundation has earned this top distinction.

Trust Keeps Us At The Top

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.
“Only 21% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 4 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation outperforms most other charities in America,” said Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
 “It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely to support families affected by CJD, provide medical education, and fund research toward curing Prion Disease,” said Debbie Yobs, President and Executive Director.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”
The CJD Foundation’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on   More-detailed information about the CJD Foundation’s  rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

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.

About the CJD Foundation

The CJD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support for families affected by prion disease.  Programs include research grants, a seven-day HelpLine, family support groups, medical education, and an annual conference for families and scientists.  For more information, call 800 659-1991 or email