Feb 19, 2024

AES Retains Top Rating from Charity Navigator

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CHICAGO — The American Epilepsy Society (AES) announced today that it has again earned the highest achievable rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator that helps donors make informed decisions about their charitable contributions.

The four-star rating was earned for the Society’s strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency and designates AES as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that the organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.

AES is the largest non-governmental funder of early career researchers in epilepsy, and more than 30% of that funding comes from research endowments supported by contributions. The Society has also committed to the support and development of a diverse and multi-disciplinary clinical and scientific professional community in the specialty, and to developing additional initiatives to address the significant disparities in health care for people with epilepsies.

“AES is proud of our continued Four-Star Charity Navigator rating, demonstrating that our generous supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and impactful use of their contributions,” said AES CEO Eileen M. Murray, MM, CAE. “Their investment in our work will help us in our mission to advance understanding, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and cure to improve outcomes for all persons with epilepsy.”

Charity Navigator analyzes nonprofit performance based on four key indicators, referred to as beacons. Currently, nonprofits can earn scores for Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability. Since 2001, Charity Navigator has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 11 million donors annually.

“We are delighted to provide AES with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that AES is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

AES’s rating and other information about charitable giving are available free of charge on charitynavigator.org.


Davis Renzelmann
Public Communications Inc.

About the American Epilepsy Society

Founded in 1936, the American Epilepsy Society (AES) is a medical and scientific society whose members are dedicated to advancing research and education for preventing, treating and curing epilepsy. AES is an inclusive global forum where professionals from academia, private practice, not-for-profit, government and industry can learn, share and grow to eradicate epilepsy and its consequences.