Young Survival Coalition Receives "Exceptional" 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

August 21, 2006

Young Survival Coalition Receives "Exceptional" 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator for Second Consecutive Year

New York, NY - (August 21, 2006)

Nation's Leading Independent Charity Evaluator Rates YSC Among
the Nation's Top 5 Most Efficient Breast Cancer Charities

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) (, the only international, non-profit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer, has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator ( for the second consecutive year. The nation's largest charity evaluator assesses the top 20 breast cancer charities in the U.S., which collectively raise more than $1 billion annually in contributions, and the YSC was one of only seven that received an "exceptional" four-star rating.

In addition, the Young Survival Coalition was among the top five most efficient breast cancer organizations in the U.S. as rated by Charity Navigator.

"We are delighted to be identified as one of the five most efficient breast cancer charities in the United States by Charity Navigator and to once again receive their prestigious 4-star rating," said Michele Przypyszny, CEO of the YSC. "The YSC funds many programs which bring awareness to the fact that young women can and do get breast cancer and which help young women affected by breast cancer improve their quality of life. This distinction and our second consecutive 4-star rating signals to all current and future donors that the YSC continues to operate in a fiscally responsible way and that their dollars are being used in the most efficient way possible."

The YSC's programmatic efforts, which are directly aligned with its mission of reducing the sense of isolation felt by young women diagnosed with breast cancer, have increased over the past five years. They include dozens of programs specific to young women affected by breast cancer, such as co-hosting the only Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer, conducting a teleconference series for young women with breast cancer, developing a comprehensive guidebook listing programs and services for young women affected by breast cancer, implementing programs for young women living with metastatic disease, creating a peer-support network, expanding its world-renowned website,, and collaborating on vital research studies on breast cancer in young women.

The four-star rating signifies that the YSC has exceeded industry standards and outperformed most charities in its cause with regard to prudent fiscal management and its ability to spend its funds according to its mission.

The YSC relies on continued public support to ensure it provides high-caliber programs to the organization's core audience – young women affected by breast cancer. The Charity Navigator's 4-star rating and top-5 status assures YSC's donors that their contributions will be used wisely to further the YSC's mission.

About the Young Survival Coalition (
The Young Survival Coalition was founded in 1998 by three women diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 32 who were discouraged by the lack of information available to young women diagnosed with the disease. With revenue over $1.5 million, eleven staff people, eight affiliates and more than 11,000 constituents, the YSC works to change the face of breast cancer by advocating for more research on young women and breast cancer and providing this underserved population with programs and services specific to them. The YSC also provides a peer-support network of survivors as well as vital resources to decrease the sense of isolation felt by young women affected by breast cancer.

About Charity Navigator (
Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization guides intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health of over 5,000 charities. Charity Navigator is a 501 (c)(3) organization that accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations. Charity Navigator can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, by mail at 1200 MacArthur Blvd, 2nd Floor, Mahwah, N.J., 07430, or at