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Courtney Cherico

Courtney Cherico

Courtney Cherico is GuideStar’s content marketing associate. She manages their many social media channels, including this blog.

Recent Posts by Courtney Cherico:

#GivingTuesday Game-Changer: What You Need to Know


There are only 18 days left until #GivingTuesday! Is your nonprofit ready to make this year your best one yet? Learn tips and tricks, no matter how far along you are in your planning, by watching the recording of our webinar, #GivingTuesday Game-Changer featuring Facebook, the founders of #GivingTuesday, and Double the Donation right here:


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?


Updated: And the 2016 Platinum Superstar Is ...

The Superstar Foundation invited GuideStar to help find, recognize, and grant a $5,000 award to a case manager, social worker, or direct service staff who is a Superstar within his or her GuideStar Platinum-level organization. We'd like to congratulate this year's Superstar Award winner, Clair Watson!


GuideStar's 6 Tips for Busting the Overhead Myth


More than ever before,
the people on the front lines of
social change are in agreement: we need to evolve the conversation about nonprofit overhead. It's time to reduce the Overhead Myth's stranglehold on donors, the media, and the general public.


10 Trending Nonprofit Profiles (Did Clinton and Trump make the cut?)



Each year, more than 7 million people use GuideStar to find data on 2.4 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Being the data nerds that we are, we wondered: what organizations are our users most curious about?


GuideStar at a Glance for Foundations


As the world's largest source of information about nonprofit organizations,
GuideStar has the tools you need.


Thinking of hosting your own Impact Call?


For a little over two years, GuideStar's held quarterly Impact Calls as an excercise in addressing new definitions of transparencyLoosely based on the quarterly earnings calls held by publicly owned companies, the goal of our Impact Call is not simply to report our results, but to jump-start the conversation on how transparency is defined and conveyed across the sector. 

Is your organization interested in hosting quarterly Impact Calls? Download our free PowerPoint template and get started today!


Is your organization ready for GuideStar Platinum?


Join our Impact Call Tuesday, May 10
 at 2 p.m. ET to learn all about GuideStar Platinum, our newest level of transparency, and what your organizaiton can do to get its Nonprofit Profile ready! 


GuideStar Impact Call Q1 2016 Follow-Up


Thanks to all
who were able to join us for our February 9th GuideStar Impact Call!


Book Giveaway: Nonprofit Fundraising 101 by @dheyman


*This contest is now closed and the winner has been contacted. Thank you for entering!*

Nonprofit leaders, and fundraisers in particular, are in for a treat this new year!


  2019 Seals of Transparency are now available!