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Charity Navigator Lauds Friends Of Karen For 8th Straight Year

Friends of Karen, a North Salem non-profit organization, earned the top award from Charity Navigator for the eighth straight year.
Friends of Karen, a North Salem non-profit organization, earned the top award from Charity Navigator for the eighth straight year. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Friends of Karen

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Friends of Karen, a non-profit with headquarters in North Salem which supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, earned the highest possible rating for the eighth straight year from Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator is the largest independent charity evaluator in the country, and awarded Friends of Karen its highest possible rating of 4-stars.

The award signifies that Friends of Karen "adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way." It also shows that the organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in the same area of work.

Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, said only two percent of charities have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations

Friends of Karen’s mission is to help families with a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness in the tri-state area. The organization is unique in that it customizes the assistance they provide. When a child is seriously ill, it affects the entire family so Friends of Karen social workers work with each family member.

This includes child life specialists and creative arts therapists who provide sibling support to the other children in the family. Treatment can last many months or even years, but Friends of Karen is there with an individualized program of emotional, financial and day-to-day practical support.

“Friends of Karen started with one child, Karen, in 1978 and since then has given life-changing help to over 14,000 children,” says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director. “Friends of Karen is a lifeline to families so they can maintain a sense of balance and stability during the most difficult time of their lives.”

Visit www.FriendsOfKaren.org for more information.

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