“Friends of Karen executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Friends of Karen from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

—KEN BERGER, President & CEO, Charity Navigator



Friends of Karen has been recognized by two of the most respected and authoritative rating organizations, under some of the most stringent guidelines, as a not-for-profit organization that operates at the highest level of fiscal responsibility and integrity.


Charity Navigator Certified Charity Charity Navigator, the premiere independent evaluator of U.S. charities' financial efficiency and responsibility, gives Friends of Karen a 4-Star rating, their highest award.  Of the thousands of evaluated charities, Friends of Karen is one of only 3% that has received the 4-Star rating for six or more consecutive years.

Visit: Friends of Karen's Charity Navigator Profile Page


Friends of Karen is an Accredited Better Business Bureau Certified CharityCharity of the Better Business Bureau and a proud participant in the Charity Seal Program, which indicates that our organization has met 20 rigorous standards for Charity Accountability. For more information, please visit the BBB of Metro New York.

Visit: Friends of Karen Profile on the Metro New York Better Business Bureau website.


501(c)(3) Organization

Friends of Karen is recognized as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Download IRS 501(c)(3) letter 2014




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