Silver Spring, Md. (June 3, 2016) – For the 13th consecutive year, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading online evaluator of U.S. nonprofits. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016, PHA combats pulmonary hypertension (PH), or high blood pressure of the lungs, with support and education programs for patients, caregivers and families as well as the medical and scientific community. PHA’s 2016 rating places it in the top half of one percent of the 8,000 nonprofits in the U.S. that Charity Navigator evaluates.
PH is a rare progressive disease that puts pressure on the right side of the heart and can cause death from right heart failure. With symptoms that include shortness of breath, fatigue and chest pain, PH often looks like asthma or other less-threatening illnesses. Without treatment, median patient survival for those with pulmonary arterial hypertension, one form of PH, is only 2.8 years from the time of diagnosis.
“Charitable contributions have enabled PHA to make significant strides in our mission to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH,” said PHA President and CEO Rino Aldrighetti. “We are accountable to our donors and the entire integrated community we serve – patients, caregivers and families as well as medical professionals and researchers.”
Charity Navigator, which recently announced its enhanced “CN 2.1” rating system, provides donors with detailed information to help them make smart giving decisions. The system rates nonprofits on financial health as well as accountability and transparency.
“We’ve earned our reputation for providing an unbiased and data-driven approach to rating charities,” said Charity Navigator president & CEO, Michael Thatcher. “And after years of research and consultation with donors, charities, and independent advisors, we believe CN 2.1 is an even more accurate reflection of a charity’s true worth for the public’s consideration.”
About the Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Headquartered in Silver Spring, Md., with a growing list of chapters across the country, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is the country’s leading pulmonary hypertension organization. Its mission is to extend and improve the lives of those affected by PH; its vision is a world without PH, empowered by hope. PHA achieves this by connecting and working together with the entire PH community of patients, families and medical professionals. Among its programs, PHA facilitates more than 245 support groups around the country and delivers continuing education for medical professionals through PHA Online University. For 13 consecutive years, PHA has received the highest rating — four stars — for financial health and fiscal accountability & transparency from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top half of one percent of all rated charities. For more information, please go to www.PHAssociation.org, @PHAssociation on Twitter and www.facebook.com/PulmonaryHypertensionAssociation on Facebook.