MMRF recognized as "Best in America"

March 15, 2006

Independent Charities of America (ICA) recently recognized the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation as one of the best non-profit organizations in America for meeting the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness.

With the "Best in America" Seal of Excellence, the MMRF is now the only organization in the world that is:

  • 4-star rated by Charity Navigator;
  • A+ rated by American Institute of Philanthropy;
  • Meets Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charitable Accountability;
  • Earned ICA "Best in America" Seal of Excellence; and
  • Recognized by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for meeting NCI's stringent research review guidelines for funding research grants

"The addition of the "Best in America" Seal of Excellence from ICA truly validates the MMRF's sound stewardship of donor funds and separates us from the millions of non-profit organizations," commented Scott Santarella, Executive Director and Chief Administration Officer of the MMRF, "The MMRF is truly a one-in-a-million organization and we are proud to be recognized as one of this country's very best."

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patient, with the unique mission of accelerating the search for a cure for multiple myeloma. As the world's number one funder of myeloma research, the MMRF has raised more than $55 million to fund more than 130 research grants at more than 70 research institutions around the globe. Currently, the MMRF is funding more than 30 new compounds and approaches -- in pre-clinical testing and Phase I, II and III clinical trials -- that show promise in treating patients at all stages of the disease. For more information about the MMRF, please visit www.themmrf.org.

Independent Charities of America (ICA) is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of America's best charities. It's purpose is to represent charities that meet the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness and to facilitate gifts to those charities from contributors in fund drives conducted at work and on the web.