Today I’m celebrating! I am celebrating our 50,000 (and growing) strong community of nonprofits and foundations at GuideStar. These organizations have added information to their GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles and have earned a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency.
Although this big number is wonderful, I am even more proud that organizations of all sizes, representing all issue areas and all corners of our country, are participating. These nonprofits represent the vitality of our sector:
- They have a combined total of more than $600 billion in assets
- They collectively employ more than 2 million people
- They have a combined total of 1 million years of operation
- They provide more than 140,000 programs
Organizations choose to earn a Seal of Transparency for many reasons: to participate in online giving, to provide their most up-to-date information, and to be recognized on a larger scale!
I also believe that organizations that have earned a Seal deliberately choose to stand for something more—for openness and for clarity. These values can sound rather old fashioned and quaint these days, but they’re more crucial than ever in a world that is truly connected.
So the next time you are seeking clarity and want to connect with your community—come to GuideStar and look up the nonprofits in your area, then look for the Seals. You’ll be inspired by mission, by programs, and by the way nonprofits are starting to share progress and results with each other. You’ll find some kindred spirits.
If you’ve already got a Seal of Transparency, celebrate on social media by using the tag #50KStrong. If you’re not part of this group (yet), join us. I look forward to celebrating our next milestone with you!
Eva Nico is GuideStar's senior director of nonprofit programs. She is GuideStar’s in-house expert on nonprofit strategy and evaluation issues. Eva’s goals are to help nonprofits share their full stories using the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and to use the information to make better decisions. In her role, Eva also advocates for greater transparency and use of data among nonprofits and for solutions to address the “The Overhead Myth.”