The Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation (MN Vets) is dedicated to advancing the health and well being of our country's veterans through cutting-edge medical research and education leading to prevention, diagnosis, and management of disease and disability.

 "Meets All Standards"

MINNESOTA VETERANS MEDICAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION earns Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal

ST. PAUL, Minn., September 28, 2011 --- Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation today announced that it has been certified in accountability and awarded the Charities Review Council “Meets All Standards” Seal. The Certification and Seal indicate that the foundation, located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System meets all twenty-seven of the Council’s Accountability Standards.

Nonprofit organizations such as MVMREF earn the Seal by voluntarily participating in the Council’s online Accountability Wizard. The Accountability Wizard is available to all nonprofit organizations. It addresses a nonprofit organization’s performance in four critical areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity and Fundraising. By participating in the Accountability Wizard, nonprofit organizations can demonstrate responsibility, integrity and transparency to their constituents.

The Foundation is now listed as a reviewed organization on the online Giving Guide of the Council’s Smart Givers Network, www.smartgivers.org and the Council’s Smart Giver newsletter distributed to households, businesses and nonprofits. The listings help a nonprofit organization demonstrate to the public its commitment to accountable and ethical practices and that it is a trustworthy organization. The Council’s Smart Givers Network is the source of unbiased information where smart givers come for help and resources on informed giving. The giving public can investigate an organization’s mission statement and programs, so they can be sure of what their money supports and be sure that the organization meets widely accepted standards.

About Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation

Established in 1989 and located at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, the foundation believes Veterans deserve and should expect the finest research-based healthcare our country is capable of delivering. The foundation provides our stakeholders with the environment and the resources necessary to stimulate scientific exploration and discovery. This has included direct funding of more than half a million dollars in research grants over the past five years.

The foundation enables the Minneapolis VA Health Care System’s healthcare professional's access to programs and resources and increases their research capabilities and learning experiences in order to maximize the care they provide to our Veterans and their families.

For more information about Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation, contact Clayton Tenquist, Executive Director at 612-467-3907 or ctenquist@mnvets.org, and visit www.MNVets.org.