Press Release

PDF Receives Highest Ranking from Charity Navigator

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce that it has once again received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest evaluator of charities.  The top ranking is given to a charity that “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its Cause.” 

This makes PDF the only Parkinson’s organization to have been awarded both a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and the Charity Seal of Approval from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Charity Navigator assesses two main measures of a charity’s performance - its financial health, and its accountability and transparency.  It awards the charity an overall rating, ranging from zero to four stars. Its most recent report detailing PDF’s four-star rating is now available online at

“People who want to help those with Parkinson’s and ultimately find a cure, want to know their donations will have an impact,” said Thomas A. Palizzi, Chair of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council and member of its Board of Directors. “PDF’s latest four-star ranking from Charity Navigator is yet another reflection of the organization’s commitment to improving the lives and futures of those touched by Parkinson’s disease.”

“The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation has a responsibility to guard the investments made by our supporters with the utmost of care,” said Executive Director Robin Anthony Elliott. “We hope that recognition of this kind will remind our supporters – most of whom have a personal connection to Parkinson’s – that we pursue our mission to solve Parkinson’s with the highest degree of integrity, efficiency and effectiveness.”

To learn more about PDF’s work in the Parkinson’s community, view online editions of our annual report and audited financial statements. These can also be obtained by sending a written request to 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or by emailing
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About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF®)
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $96 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $40 million to support national education and advocacy initiatives.


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Thursday, Oct 11, 2012