Earning $1,000 for your organization may be easier than you think. Just obtain the GuideStar Exchange seal for your organization, then enter the 2009 GuideStar Exchange Giveaway.
In January 2010, GuideStar will give five gifts of $1,000 each to five nonprofits drawn at random. To qualify for the drawing, organizations must hold the GuideStar Exchange seal and complete an entry form.
The GuideStar Exchange and the GuideStar Exchange Seal
Getting the GuideStar Exchange seal is easy—just complete all of the asterisked fields (both single and double asterisks) in the GuideStar Exchange Form and click "Send to GuideStar" on the "Review Changes" tab.
- Learn more about the GuideStar Exchange
- Learn more about updating your GuideStar Exchange Form
- View the GuideStar Exchange tutorial
Entering the 2009 GuideStar Exchange Giveaway
There are two ways to enter your organization in the giveaway:
- Online: Complete the entry form at http://guidestar.vovici.net/wsb.dll/s/1g3405b. All fields are required.
- By mail: Print your organization's full name, Employer Identification Number (EIN), address, telephone number, e-mail address, the name of the person authorized to register for the GuideStar Exchange Giveaway, and a statement that you have read and agree to the rules for the giveaway on a 3-inch by 5-inch index card. Mail the card to GuideStar USA, Inc., Attn: Dan Moore, 4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
Note: Only one (1) entry per organization. Entries must be submitted between November 23 and December 31, 2009. Each entry mustagree to the rules for this giveaway, either by completing item 6 in the online form or by stating affirmatively on a mail-in entry that the organization representative has read and agrees to be bound by the rules. Entries that do not explicitly agree to the giveaway rules will be invalid.
Other Benefits of Holding the GuideStar Exchange Seal
Only five nonprofits will win $1,000 in the giveaway, but we believe that every organization that holds the GuideStar Exchange seal is a winner. Your donors and funders will be impressed with your transparency, and your organization will receive a free subscription to GuideStar Premium, a $1,000 value.
Obtaining the GuideStar Exchange seal will also make your organization more visible to donors who don't know about you. Every day, nearly 22,000 people come to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofits. Thousands more give to charity through our many partner sites. As Heather Mansfield, community manager at Change.org, notes: "[Online] fundraising is built upon GuideStar. Change.org, Network for Good, and Facebook Causes (just to name a few) are pulling your organization's information from GuideStar."
As donors and grantmakers gear up for the giving season, make sure that the impact you're creating in your community is at the top of their minds. Complete the GuideStar Exchange Form to show them the difference you're making.
Thank you for partnering with GuideStar to create a marketplace where good works are rewarded.
GUIDESTAR EXCHANGE SWEEPSTAKES
ENTRY: OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE REQUIRED OR NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. ONE ENTRY PER ORGANIZATION.
SPONSOR: GuideStar USA, Inc.
United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that have completed all asterisked fields of the GuideStar Exchange Form and received the GuideStar Exchange seal ("“Organization") are eligible to enter the GuideStar Exchange Sweepstakes ("Sweepstakes"). Although one individual at any Organization will submit the entry on behalf of the Organization, individuals are not eligible to win the Sweepstakes.
Each individual entering the Sweepstakes on behalf of an Organization represents and agrees that he or she is authorized to enter the Sweepstakes on behalf of the Organization, that the Organization is a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization, that the Individual on behalf of the Organization has read and understands these rules and agrees to be bound by the rules in all respects.
Only one entry to the Sweepstakes per U.S. 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
HOW TO ENTER
Each organization may submit one (1) entry by one of two means:
- Internet Entry for GuideStar Exchange Members: Any GuideStar Exchange member Organization may go tohttp://guidestar.vovici.net/wsb.dll/s/1g3405b and complete a Sweepstakes Entry Form online. An Organization using this method of entry must complete the required fields of information. Incomplete or inaccurate entries and entries from organizations that have not received the GuideStar Exchange seal will not be eligible to win the Sweepstakes. Interested participants who may not be sure of their status may verify their Exchange seal-holder status by logging in on www.guidestar.org and going to the "Review Changes" tab of the GuideStar Exchange Form. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER.
- Mail Entry for GuideStar Exchange Members: Print the full name of Organization, Employer Identification Number (EIN), address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of individual authorized to register for the GuideStar Exchange Sweepstakes on behalf of the Organization, on a 3-inch by 5-inch index card ("Mail Entry Form") and mail it to GuideStar USA, Inc., Attn: Dan Moore, 4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220, Williamsburg, VA 23188, indicating affirmatively that you have read and agree to be bound by these rules. Incomplete or inaccurate entries and entries from organizations that have not received the GuideStar Exchange seal will not be eligible to win the Sweepstakes. Interested participants who may not be sure of their status may verify their Exchange seal-holder status by logging in on www.guidestar.org and going to the "Review Changes" tab of the GuideStar Exchange Form. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER.
The Drawing begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on November 23, 2009, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 31, 2009 ("Entry Period"). Internet entries and Mail Entry Forms must be received by Sponsor during the Entry Period.
Prizes will be award to five (5) Sweepstakes Prize Winning Organizations who will be chosen at random from among all the eligible entries received. GuideStar, USA, Inc. will conduct the random drawing on or around January 8, 2010. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.
Each Sweepstakes Prize Winner will be notified by a GuideStar USA, Inc. representative by e-mail within thirty (30) days of the drawing. If GuideStar USA, Inc. is unable to reach a Sweepstakes Prize Winner via the initial notification e-mail an alternate winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible entries, in GuideStar USA, Inc.'s sole discretion. On or after 14th January 2010, GuideStar will post the identity of the prize winners on GuideStar.org.
Each of the five (5) Sweepstakes Prize Winning Organizations will win $1,000. The total value in aggregate of the Sweepstakes Prizes is $5,000. All federal, state, and local taxes, licenses, and all other costs are the sole responsibility of each of the Sweepstakes Prize Winning Organizations. No alternative prize or other substitution is permitted.
AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
By participating in this sweepstakes, each Organization and the authorized individual entering on its behalf agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of GuideStar USA, Inc., which are final in all matters relating to this sweepstakes, and agrees to allow GuideStar, USA, Inc. to use his/her organization's name in promotional materials regarding the sweepstakes without any further compensation to the extent allowed by law.
All interpretations and decisions under these Official Rules by GuideStar USA, Inc. are final. GuideStar USA, Inc. reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any participant it finds: (a) to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the sweepstakes or the www.guidestar.org Web site; (b) to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or (c) to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, GUIDESTAR USA, INC. RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PARTICIPANT AND/OR INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. THE VIRGINIA COURTS (STATE AND FEDERAL) SHALL HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OF ANY CONTROVERSY REGARDING OR ARISING FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES OR THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA SHALL GOVERN THE SWEEPSTAKES WITHOUT REGARDS TO ANY CONFLICT OF LAW PRINCIPLES. EACH ENTRANT WAIVES ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS TO JURISDICTION AND VENUE IN THOSE COURTS AND HEREBY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE COURTS OF VIRGINIA.
This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Acceptance of Prize constitutes permission for the Sponsor and its agencies to use the winning organization's name, address, statements, general information about the organization for advertising and trade purposes without further compensation, worldwide in perpetuity, in any and all forms of media, now known and hereafter devised, including without limitation online, unless prohibited by law. Sweepstakes is void where prohibited by law. Eligibility to win Prize is subject to verification by Sponsor. These rules consist of the entire rules applicable to this Sweepstakes. If these rules conflict with any other writing, these rules control.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
GuideStar USA, Inc. is not responsible for incorrect, late, lost, misdirected, illegible, corrupted, delayed, mutilated, stolen, or incomplete entries, or for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of e-mail or players on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or combination thereof, including injury or damage to participants or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this sweepstakes. If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of GuideStar USA, Inc. that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this sweepstakes or for any reason GuideStar USA, Inc. deems it necessary, GuideStar USA, Inc. reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the sweepstakes. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.
BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES, INDIVIDUALS AND THE ORGANIZATION ON WHOSE BEHALF THE ENTRY IS BEING SUBMITTED EACH HEREBY AGREE TO RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS GUIDESTAR USA, INC. AND ITS RELATED AND AFFILIATED COMPANIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM AND AGAINST ANY INJURIES, LOSSES, DAMAGES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTION, OR LIABILITY OF ANY KIND ARISING OUT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZE IN ANY RESPECT.
This Sweepstakes is sponsored by GuideStar USA, Inc., 4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Questions about the Sweepstakes should be addressed to Dan Moore, Vice President, Nonprofit Programs, firstname.lastname@example.org.