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Blog observation: Brian Hill, Executive Director, Oral Cancer Foundation


We have moved from a world in which entities from big business to non-profits informed people of things, about their mission or product, or giving individuals reasons they should provide support or buy into it. A world where they engaged in what was essentially a monologue. In the non-profit world messages were tied to dedicated months like December, historically when good will towards man prevails, and perhaps translated into donations.

Tap Into Your Supporters’ Passion, Emma Bundy, Great Nonprofits


Tuesday we were lucky enough to hear from a group of experts about the ways nonprofits can use reviews to help their organization stand out in the crowd. Overwhelmingly, what we heard from attendees is that in a crowded giving market, nonprofit leaders are in need of new and easy ways to tell their story to donors and supporters.

'Tis the (Budget) Season

The holiday season has ended and the long, wintery months of January and February are upon us, bringing with them mounds of snow across the country and limited hours of daylight.

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Strengthen Your Organization through Legacy Giving

As the United States experiences the largest inter-generational transfer of wealth in history, many charities are missing a tremendous opportunity to strengthen themselves by encouraging legacy giving. Contributions by will, trust, naming a charity on a beneficiary form, life-income arrangements, and endowment gifts all represent forms of legacy giving.

A Race Too Close to Call: GuideStar-KIMBIA Winter Giveaway Update

The race for the $5,000 prize in our winter giveaway gets more exciting each day. (In case you came in late, the charity that garners the most user reviews this month will receive $5,000 from our partner KIMBIA. The reviews are powered by our partner GreatNonprofits.) The leaders are jockeying for position, and new organizations keep entering the top 10. So if you thought it was too late to rally your supporters to write reviews, you might want to think again. We may have a photo finish!

What Fundraising Methods Worked Best in 2010?


It’s your time to sound off! GuideStar is fielding a new survey about changes in giving by fundraising method, in partnership with the Nonprofit Research Collaborative – comprised of GuideStar, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Blackbaud, and the Foundation Center. Please click here to participate. The survey is open until February 27.

Follow-up to Ten Predictions Webinar by Lucy Bernholz


My Take on Lucy’s Ten Predictions

We sponsored a thought-provoking free webinar this week with Lucy Bernholz, author of the Philanthropy 2173 blog. It was no surprise to us that we had one of our best attended sessions of all-time with over 1700 people in attendance since Lucy is consistently one the sharpest and most interesting prognosticators in the nonprofit sector. You can listen to the webinar or read more about it here:

Follow-up to Nonprofit 911 Webinar: Uncharitable

Last week I participated in a webinar with Dan Pallotta, author of “Uncharitable” and Ken Berger, CEO of Charity Navigator, sponsored by Network for Good. You can access my presentation on GuideStar’s SlideShare channel, but I wanted to touch on a few key points for those of you who couldn’t attend or who wanted additional clarification.

Follow-up to Discussion with Joan Reutter, Nonprofit HR Solutions


Below is a follow-up to the questions submitted by participants during the January 25, 2011, GuideStar-hosted webinar, “The Compensation Checklist for Nonprofits: Are You Prepared for Today and the Next Five Years?” To view or hear a live recording of the presentation, please click here.

Follow-up to Webinar Discussion with José Fernández


Millions of people search GuideStar every year to learn more about nonprofits. And almost 8,000 nonprofits shared nearly $1 million in donations through our website in 2010. However, I like to think of the GuideStar as hub of information more than a destination site. Therefore when a nonprofit manager tells me, “People are probably not searching for my nonprofit on GuideStar,” I say, “But they are likely searching for your nonprofit on any number of giving sites.” That’s why I feel that if a nonprofit wants to increase their visibility, then please start by updating your GuideStar Exchange report.

IRS Updates, February 2011: Programs for Non-Charitable and Charitable Organizations, Charitable Distributions from IRAs

The IRS is offering a free webinar for non-charitable organizations, has announced the schedule for its spring workshops for 501(c)(3) organizations, and has published information on making charitable distributions from IRAs.

Effective Approaches for Acquiring New Donors

In today's tough economic environment, many not-for-profit organizations are struggling to grow donations. For many, the impact of a relatively weak economy has affected the quality and quantity of gifts. Taking a more strategic approach to donor development has never been more important. When our principals meet with those seeking donations, we hear common themes of why many are struggling to find new opportunities. See whether any of these reasons apply to you:

We Want to Hear From You!

GuideStar will be conducting a series of quick polls to help us meet your needs in 2011. To see our first poll, please click here.