Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator

Posted by Kassy Perry

ALCF logoFor the third year in a row, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s (ALCF) strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the organization the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

“Our mission to make the world’s deadliest cancer a chronically-managed disease by the year 2023 requires constant fundraising and support for patient education programs, clinical research and physician education and training. It is crucial that our donors have confidence that we are using those funds appropriately,” said Bonnie J. Addario, a 13-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”

Charity Navigator only awards the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. Charity Navigator applies data-driven analysis to the charitable sector. Last year, Charity Navigator influenced an estimated $10 billion in charitable gifts.

“The ALCF’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Charity Navigator President and CEO Michael Thatcher,. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds ALCF to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the ALCF.”

Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer, taking the lives of more people than the next three most frequent cancers combined (colon, breast and prostate). An estimated 160,000 Americans will die this year from lung cancer. Eighty percent of those recently diagnosed with lung cancer never smoked, or quit decades ago. The inaccurate stigma that lung cancer is a “smokers” disease has led to disproportionately low funding for research and trials, as compared to other cancers.

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About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation works with a diverse group of physicians, patients, organizations, industry partners, individuals, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research. To learn more, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator,, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.