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(HEAL Africa USA, March 01, 2018) – HEAL Africa USA’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 first time that HEAL Africa USA has earned this top distinction.

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, they upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s’ financial health with CN 2.1. These enhancements further substantiates the financial health of our four star charities.

“HEAL Africa USA’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 HEAL Africa USA 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 HEAL Africa USA.

“We have gone through some challenging transitions as an organization over the past five years, but our work and mission to support our team in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has not changed. It’s important our donors trust that we’re using their donations wisely,” said Dr. Marc Erickson/Board Chair of HEAL Africa USA.  “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

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

About Charity Navigator 
Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, 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 HEAL Africa USA
Established in 2005, HEAL Africa is a Congolese-led teaching hospital based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC/DR Congo), providing comprehensive access to health care for its most vulnerable populations. HEAL Africa USA is a nonprofit organization that exists to support the HEAL Africa DRC through fundraising, communications, and capacity building.