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Holly Ivel

Holly Ivel

Recent Posts by Holly Ivel:

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on the Flow of Nonprofit Data, Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece on the impact of the government shutdown on the flow of nonprofit data. In that piece I suggested it would be unlikely that the IRS would release a new Exempt Organization Business Master File (BMF) on schedule in February.


Has the Flow of Nonprofit Data Been Affected by the Government Shutdown?

People have recently asked us if the December 22, 2018-January 25, 2019, government shutdown has affected the availability of nonprofit data. Yes and no.


Introducing Discounted GuideStar Data Sets for Academic Users

For more than a decade, GuideStar has supported academic exploration of the nonprofit sector.  GuideStar for Education gives collegiate faculty, students, and unsponsored researchers free or discounted access to GuideStar Premium. In 2017 alone, we shared $1.8 million worth of services through this program. GuideStar Library Services enables university libraries to provide patrons with on-site or remote access to GuideStar Pro at a price far below the cost of multiple individual subscriptions.


Earning a GuideStar Seal of Transparency Pays Off—Gold and Platinum Seal Holders Received the Most Donations in 2017

Yesterday, we looked at the growth in donations made through the GuideStar website in 2017. Today we’re examining the impact having a GuideStar Seal of Transparency and mission had on these gifts.


2017 Giving on GuideStar Up 200%—Activate Your GuideStar Donate Button Now

What would you say if someone told you:

  • there’s a place where the number of charities receiving donations grew 200 percent in one year;
  • the number of donations in that place increased 150 percent over the same year;
  • the amount of money donated in that place doubled during that year; and
  • just a few minutes of your time could enable your organization to take advantage of these developments—for free?

GuideStar Adds First Wave of Form Year 2016 Nonprofit Data!

At GuideStar we generally talk about nonprofit data in terms of fiscal year. But our users—seeing the form year in the upper corner of the 990—often ask us, “What’s the difference between fiscal year and form year?”