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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS. The Society is also committed to being an exceptional steward of the funds and resources entrusted to us in order to achieve that vision. As such, we encourage everyone who shares our vision to be fully informed, and confident in their choice to support the National MS Society. Below are a few of the companies who provide information and evaluations of charitable organizations.

National Health Council Standards of Excellence

National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification Program logoThe National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification Program acknowledges those organizations who maintain the highest standards of effectiveness and public stewardship. The standards are aligned with those of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, but more extensive, covering the areas of governance, human resources, programs, fundraising, finance, accounting and reporting, and evaluation.

The National MS Society meets the highest standards of accountability, ethical practice, organizational effectiveness, and good public stewardship.

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BBB Wise Giving Alliance

BBB Accredited Charity logoThe BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability include twenty standards addressing the areas of:

  • Governance and Oversight

  • Measuring Effectiveness

  • Finances

  • Fundraising and Informational Materials

The National MS Society meets all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards.

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Charity Navigator

Charity NavigatorCharity Navigator evaluates and rates charitable organizations primarily in two areas: financial health, and accountability and transparency, to which they apply a mathematical formula.

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GuideStar is a charitable organization that gathers and disseminates information about all IRS-registered nonprofit organizations.

Information from this organization is individually reported by chapter office as well as national office, which can be searched at

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**What is Joint Cost Allocation?

Joint Cost Allocation is an accounting term that ultimately reflects the percentage of each dollar spent by a non-profit organization on three primary categories of their work; Fundraising, Mission/Program, and General/Administrative. Joint Cost Allocation is an Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (GAAP) established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Statement of Position 98-2, with which non-profit organizations are required to comply. A specific set of criteria is applied to allocate expenses specifically associated with the three identified work areas. For detailed information on the criteria and application, please visit: AICPA


© 2024 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its Identification Number (EIN) is 13-5661935.