Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Receives 4-StarRating from Charity Navigator for Exceptional Fiscal Management

New Canaan, Conn. — December 20, 2006
MMRF Honored for Fourth Consecutive Year as Steward of Outstanding Financial Health

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) announced today that for a fourth consecutive year, the organization has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charitable donations. This prestigious award recognizes the MMRF as a model of financial health that has consistently served as a responsible steward of its donors' funds.

The coveted 4-star rating, the highest honor Charity Navigator bestows, goes to organizations operating with exceptional fiscal responsibility. Spending only $3 to raise $100, the MMRF exceeds standards in cancer fundraising and outperforms most charities in America for responsible management and measuring results. More than 95 percent of dollars raised by MMRF goes toward research and related programming.

"This 4-star rating is a testament to the MMRF's success in both providing outstanding fiscal management to its donors and generating consistent trust among the greater public," said Scott Santarella, Executive Director, Chief Administrative Officer, MMRF. "To have received this honor for four consecutive years is a clear signal that our philanthropic model is meeting the needs of today's increasingly discriminating non-profit sector with scrupulous accountability and measurable results."

To date, only 12 percent of the 5,000 charities rated annually by Charity Navigator have received at least two consecutive 4-star ratings. This suggests the MMRF outperforms most charities in its efforts to effectively and efficiently manage and grow its finances. This exceptional designation truly differentiates the MMRF from its peers and demonstrates to its donors that it is worthy of their trust.

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About Charity Navigator

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About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cell, with a five-year survival rate of only 32 percent-one of the lowest of all cancers. Approximately 50,000 people in the United States are living with multiple myeloma and an estimated 16,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Although the peak age of onset of multiple myeloma is 65 to 70 years of age, recent statistics suggest that incidence is increasing and at an earlier age.

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

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. Today, the MMRF is the largest non-profit foundation dedicated to the single 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 $70 million to fund more than 200 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.


Vicki Vlastaris (MMRF)
T. 646-437-4873
E. vvlastaris@gsw-w.com