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AIDS United earns seventh consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

WASHINGTON -- Once again demonstrating its sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency, AIDS United has earned the coveted 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America's leading charity evaluator.

This is AIDS United's seventh consecutive 4-star rating, the highest rating possible.

"AIDS United's coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities," said Ken Berger, president and CEO, Charity Navigator. "Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns 4 stars -- a rating that, now, with our new Accountability and Transparency metrics, demands even greater rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. AIDS United's supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating."

Charity Navigator rates charities by evaluating two broad areas of financial health, -- organizational efficiency and organizational capacity -- using a set of performance categories to rate each of these two areas, and issuing an overall rating that combines the charity's performance in both areas. A Charity Navigator rating show givers how efficiently a charity will use its support today, and to what extent the charities are growing their programs and services over time.

"In this challenging economy, it is more important than ever that AIDS United's valued donors trust that they have invested wisely in our work to end the HIV epidemic in America," said Michael Kaplan, AIDS United president & CEO. "We hope that our seventh consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator instills that confidence and trust that we are managing our finances prudently to most effectively and efficiently support life-saving prevention, care, capacity-building and advocacy initiatives in our nation's most impacted populations and communities.

To review Charity Navigator's report on AIDS United, click HERE.

About AIDS United

Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United's mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. AIDS United combines strategic grantmaking and capacity-building with national advocacy and regional organizing to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. With a budget of over $15 million, AIDS United provided more than $7 million in grants last year supporting more than 400 AIDS organizations across the United States.