July 5, 2016
Friends of Karen Receives Highest Rating from Charity Navigator for 8th Consecutive Year

Friends of Karen, a non-profit with headquarters in North Salem, which supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families, is proud to announce that Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the country, has awarded Friends of Karen its highest possible rating of 4-stars, for the 8th consecutive year! 

This signifies that Friends of Karen "adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way." It also shows that the organization exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in the same area of work. According to Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator, "only 2% of charities have received at least 8 consecutive 4-star evaluations." What a great honor!


Friends of Karen’s mission is to help families with a child battling cancer or another life-threatening illness in the NY Tri-State area. The organization is unique in that it customizes the assistance they provide. When a child is seriously ill, it affects the entire family so Friends of Karen social workers work with each family member. This includes child life specialists and creative arts therapists who provide sibling support to the other children in the family. Treatment can last many months or even years, but Friends of Karen is there with an individualized program of emotional, financial and day-to-day practical support. No family is ever the same after a diagnosis like this, but they can remain strong and functioning if they are not alone.

“Friends of Karen started with one child, Karen, in 1978 and since then has given life-changing help to over 14,000 children,” says Judith Factor, Friends of Karen’s Executive Director. “Friends of Karen is a lifeline to families so they can maintain a sense of balance and stability during the most difficult time of their lives.” 

Visit or call 914-617-4040 to learn more about the life-changing work of Friends of Karen and how you can help.