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Diabetes Charities: Are They All Created Equal?

There are dozens and dozens of diabetes charities in the United States. But are they any good and how would you know? Well, a non-profit organization, took it upon themselves to rate over 1.6 million charities in the United States. You may be surprised with some of the results.

The agency looks primarily at the amount of transparency or disclosures provided by the charity and how they handle their finances. Based on the foregoing they give the charity a score and a 1, 2, 3, or 4 star rating.

Here is a list of some well-known diabetes charities and how Charitynavigator.org, an independent rating agency, rates them. The highest score you can get is a 70.

  • American Diabetes Association 39.56 (1 out of 4 stars)
  • Joslin Diabetes Center 53.62 (3 out of 4 stars)
  • Children’s Diabetes Foundation 54.15 (3 out of 4 stars)
  • JDRF.org 58.32 (3 out of 4 stars)

Interestingly, none of the charities achieved 4 stars and the ADA received a very poor financial score (although they did get high marks for transparency). Still, makes you wonder why the ADA got such low financial marks. You can compare all charities here.