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From the President's Office, August 2004

Dear Friend:

One of the operating hallmarks of GuideStar has been to set and closely monitor "measurable goals." Like many of you, we've worked hard over the last few years to develop a strategic plan, and we try to be very careful about how we allocate our scarce resources and to make sure that we are reaching our intended performance targets.

We're pleased to report that we are experiencing steady growth in the number of users and customers as well in the number of phone calls and e-mails we receive. All this activity requires additional people and in particular has caused us to reconsider how best to organize our work activity. As a result, we're pleased to announce that we'll be moving to a new operating facility on August 14 and 15, one with not only more space but a better way to integrate functions and facilitate internal communication.

Our new offices will be located at 4801 Courthouse Street, Suite 220, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Our goal is to make this move as seamless as possible without major interruption to the services we provide to our users. We will move over a weekend in order to accomplish this. We look forward to serving you from our new home.


Bob Ottenhoff
President and CEO, GuideStar

All Car Donation Programs Are Not Created Equal

Scenario A: It's got four wheels and an engine. Sometimes it even runs. But the mechanic's estimate is more than you want to pay, so it's time to get rid of the old clunker in your driveway. A 501(c)(3) public charity you like will take it off your hands. You'll dispose of your car, support a favorite charity, and get a nice income-tax deduction. It's the best of all possible worlds—isn't it?

Selling "Stuff" to Raise Money: Is It Really Worth It?

Books, candles, candy, cookies, magazines, peanuts, pizzas, wrapping paper ... the list is endless.

Elementary schools, high school bands, church youth groups, scout troops, youth sports teams ... the causes are infinite.

At the mall, in front of the grocery store, at the ball game, on your doorstep, at your office ... they're everywhere.

They're ...

... people trying to raise funds for nonprofits by selling you stuff.

Why do so many organizations want you to sell you things? Does selling candy bars or magazine subscriptions really pay off for them? And how can your nonprofit get in on the act?

Extending Reach through Funding Partnerships

Many grantmakers struggle with the question of how they can best focus and maximize the impact of their grantmaking. Although this struggle exists throughout the foundation community, it is especially true among small foundations, which are often limited in both time and resources. Should these resource challenges, however, constrict a foundation's ability to work within specific fields of interest, or within specific communities? We at First Nations Development Institute would answer "no."