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Rochester, Mich. – The Rainbow Connection (TRC) today announced that they have been awarded the coveted 4-star “Exceptional” rating from Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator. The designation means that TRC exceeds industry standards for financial health, accountability and transparency, and outperforms most charities in its cause.
“Receiving the highest rating available from one of the nation’s leading independent charity evaluators is a testament to the professionalism and commitment of our staff to our donors,” said TRC’s executive director, Mary Grace McCarter. “We work hard to maximize every donation we receive towards making dreams come true for Michigan children facing life-threatening illnesses and providing emergency support for their families.”
Since its inception in 1985, TRC has served over 2,500 critically-ill children and their families across Michigan. Unlike many other wish-granting organizations, TRC stays with a child and their family beyond fulfillment of the child’s wish, providing additional “wish extension” opportunities and critical assistance to the families facing unexpected hardships or financial difficulties brought on by the catastrophic illness of their child.
“The solitude experienced by a child or a family member can be crushing at times during treatment for a life-threatening illness,” explained McCarter. “We are there for the family before and after the wish. We remain connected with the child and family providing support and a listening ear. That kind of support mandates sound fiscal responsibility to ensure that every dollar received from our donor community is used to its fullest potential for the wish child and family. This Charity Navigator ranking serves to further ensure our donors that their money is indeed well spent.”
About The Rainbow Connection
Founded in 1985 by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in memory of his best friend and two children who died in a plane crash, The Rainbow Connection makes dreams come true for Michigan children with life threatening illnesses and provides emergency support to the family. From something as simple as a new computer to meeting the President of the United States at the White House, to the most requested wish of all, a trip to Disney World, The Rainbow Connection has made dreams come true for over 2,500 children. To learn more about The Rainbow Connection or to donate to make dreams come true for kids across Michigan, go to rainbowconnection.org or call 248-601-9474.