San Francisco AIDS Foundation Awarded Highest Rating by Charity Navigator

SAN FRANCISCO, October 6, 2015—The premiere charity rating group Charity Navigator has issued San Francisco AIDS Foundation a 4-star, “exceptional” rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Earning four out of four stars places the foundation in the top 25% of rated charities in the United States.

“We are proud of our work in recent years realigning organizational capacity and investments in service delivery so that today, eighty-two cents out of every dollar donated goes to fund the free programs and services provided by our organization. We prioritize being open and transparent about the way our funds are allocated to direct services, and are pleased to be recognized for these efforts by one of the country’s leading independent charity evaluator,” said Neil Giuliano, San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO. 

Charity Navigator is the largest independent charity evaluator in the United States. By applying a systematic, data-driven rating system to the charitable sector, the company rates charities to assist donors in deciding where their donations are best spent. 

“Our work would not be possible without the support of our many major donors, event participants and institutional partners. We owe it to them to ensure the money with which they entrust us has maximal impact towards our mission. This is a welcome validation of our hard work to ensure we are performing at the highest level to meet the needs of our clients and our community,” said James Loduca, vice president of philanthropy and public affairs for San Francisco AIDS Foundation.   

The Charity Navigator rates non-profits in two areas: financial health, with an eye on how efficiently the non-profit will use financial support and how well it has sustained its programming over time; and, accountability and transparency. The company estimates that its rating system influenced approximately $10 billion in charitable gifts in 2014. 

“As the nonprofit sector continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, savvy donors are demanding more accountability, transparency and quantifiable results from the charities they choose to support with their hard-earned dollars,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates San Francisco AIDS Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. For more information, visit

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