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Press Release

July 17, 2015

Kathleen Reichert
American Skin Association

American Skin Association Receives Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

July 17, 2015 - New York, NY – American Skin Association (ASA) announced today that it has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's premier evaluator of charities. This honor is awarded only to those charities displaying the highest levels of responsible fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Established 28 years ago to serve the now more than 100 million Americans afflicted with skin cancers and other skin diseases, ASA has funded over $15 million in vital research and educated over 12 million children, teachers and parents through their award-winning, national public school program entitled The Wonders of Skin: Looking Good, Being Healthy. In addition, ASA will fund a total of $2.2 million in research by the end of 2015.

"It is with great pride that we announce this wonderful distinction from Charity Navigator," said Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of ASA. "The Board of Directors and staff of ASA works hard to maintain an efficient, ethical and open organization, while ensuring the highest possible percentage of ASA’s total expenses are spent on funding essential dermatological research and education."
ASA’s president, Philip G. Prioleau, MD, commented, “This is a wonderful recognition for ASA. Being acknowledged as a financially sound, trustworthy organization allows us to continue our important work funding dermatological research and educating youth on sun safety and the importance of skin health.”

In this competitive, constantly-growing philanthropic marketplace, savvy donors are seeking more information on the charities to which they commit their philanthropic dollars. Donors demand transparency, accountability, and quantifiable results from the organizations they choose to support. This 4-star rating confirms that ASA is worthy of their donors’ confidence and most generous support.

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator differentiates American Skin Association from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” said John P. Dugan,
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Charity Navigator.


Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges.

Charity Navigator is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code and does not accept any contributions from any charities we evaluate.


A unique collaboration of patients, families, advocates, physicians and scientists, ASA has evolved over twenty-eight years as a leading force in efforts to defeat melanoma, skin cancer and other skin diseases. Established to serve the now more than 100 million Americans – one third of the U.S. population – afflicted with skin disorders, the organization’s mission remains to: advance research, champion skin health – particularly among children, and drive public awareness about skin disease. For more information, visit