5 ways to mobilize everyday influencers around end-of-year giving

Your supporters are worth more than their own donations. Today, individuals are agents of change who can leverage power, and subsequent gifts, through their own social networks. Consider that 600,000+ petitions were created on in 2015 alone, crowdfunding exploded into a multi-million dollar industry and the creation of citizen powered movements has played an enormous role in bringing issues to the forefront.  

Towards a Performance-Driven Social Sector

Third Sector is pleased to present, in partnership with GuideStar and America Forward, the new survey, “Towards a Performance-Driven Social Sector: A Service Provider Perspective on Trends in Government Contracting.”

Across the country, communities are changing the way they serve people in need. Local and state governments are taking a new look at how they contract for social services delivered to our most valuable citizens. Closer examination of current contracting practices may ultimately outline a path to healthier, safer, and more just communities, but only if all stakeholders have a voice.

The trend towards performance-based contracting has sparked a national conversation about how critically needed social services are procured, funded, and evaluated. However, the volume of public and private sector voices in these discussions has often drowned out the voice of local service providers delivering services to children, families, and other disadvantaged individuals in our communities.

Attracting Talent & Scaling Impact Through a Culture of Evaluation

How do you know if your organization is achieving its goals or creating impact?

Many nonprofits are evaluating their performances using data analytics, which has helped them to allocate resources and address organizational challenges. This information doesn't just help to drive better outcomes. It has the potential to help organizations strengthen credibility, become more transparent and build an action-oriented workforce.

Impact measurements offer prospective funders and partners evidence of your organization's success while verifying your organization's influence and authority in the sector.

Top Giving Tuesday Strategies and Resources

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is almost coming to a close. Soon we’ll be throwing away old calendars and trying our best to stick to our New Year’s resolutions.

But before you buy a new calendar and embark on a healthier lifestyle (or doing whatever your resolution is!), make sure that your organization is aware of all of the strategies and resources that can help you raise more money during this year’s Giving Tuesday!

How to Collect Donations through GuideStar

That orange button could be yours- for free! 

If you're looking to supplement your fundraising efforts, here's how to give us permission to add a Donate Now button to your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile. It's quick, easy, and free.

4 Famous Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits

When most people hear the word nonprofit,
public charities such as the American Red Cross and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are the first types of organizations that come to mind.

More than 1.5 million nonprofits were registered with the IRS as tax exempt as of September 12, 2016. Although two-thirds of organizations within this pool are indeed public charities, there are also many organizations whose nonprofit status routinely surprises the journalists, researchers, and everyday users who discover their GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles.

We thought it'd be fun to share these Four Famous Organizations You Might Not Know Are Nonprofits. Who on this list surprises you?

Text-to-Give Fundraising: 5 Best Practices

The end of the year is fast-approaching. And you know what that means...

It’s prime fundraising season!

Right now, it’s more important than ever for your organization to prepare every tool you have in your fundraising tool belt. You should be optimizing all of your fundraising channels to achieve maximum donation potential.

While we’d love to cover all of the fundraising channels at your disposal, in this article, we’ll focus specifically on text-to-give.

Here we’ll discuss some text-to-give best practices that can set you up for fundraising success this giving season, including:

New Capacity-Building Grant Opportunity: Support GuideStar’s Nonprofit Profile Program


Every year,
more than 7 million visitors turn to GuideStar for comprehensive information about nonprofit organizations. Millions of other users tap this information through the more than 200 websites and platforms that use our nonprofit data.

5 Capital Campaign Strategies to Energize your Annual Campaign

Do you ever wish you had a new way
of thinking about your annual fundraising? Does it feel tired and old? We’ve got some suggestions for you taken right out of the capital campaign play book that we’ve seen work again and again. Warning, capital campaign fundraising is not same old, same old business as usual. Instead, it's exciting and demanding and special. That’s what makes it work. So if you want to jump-start your annual fundraising using campaign strategies, you’ve got to be willing to try some new things.

5 Capital Campaign Strategies for your Annual Fund.

Here are five capital campaign strategies we think can be very effective for your annual fundraising this year:

How to Build (and Follow!) a Fundraising Roadmap

I came of age when getting a driver’s license came with a congratulatory book of road maps.  I was an early adopter of the GPS mounted to my dashboard and now rarely leave my house without programing my destination into an app on my phone.  I was the guy at Disney World this summer walking around with the map in my hand with my pre-determined routes sketched out. I like to know where I’m going, and my dependence on maps and technology ensures I always get there.  To accomplish the goal of fully funding their important missions, nonprofit leaders need to take this same care in setting a course and following it.