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Jacob Harold

Recent Posts by Jacob Harold:

Survey Says: Nonprofits Have Room to Grow

Two longtime friends of GuideStar, Bill Meehan and Kim Jonker, just released a report on research they conducted for their important new book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.


Charity Navigator and GuideStar: Working Together to Move Beyond Overhead

When I am asked about Charity Navigator I often joke that they are a “frenemy” of GuideStar. But the truth is that they are a friend. We’ve worked on projects together and have an amicable relationship. Our two organizations joined with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance in 2013 to launch the Overhead Myth campaign, a collective attempt to shift the conversation about nonprofit performance away from financial ratios ... and toward programmatic results.


Nonprofits Have a Role to Play in Building Bridges in a Polarized World

Reposted with permission of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

America finds itself in a moment of political polarization. At times, nonprofits can reflect or even magnify that polarization. But at our best, we can serve as a bridge across the cultural chasms of our time. Americans across the political spectrum want to live in thriving communities—and every day, nonprofits help communities thrive.

But there are rare cases where the nonprofit form is abused by those with hateful agendas.


GuideStar and Data from the SPLC

GuideStar’s database has information on 1,684,038 active nonprofits. Recently, we added new information to the profiles of 46 of these organizations: the fact that they had been designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). That action has earned us both celebration and criticism. So I wanted to take a moment to share the thinking behind our choice to add this new data source.


A Brief Analysis of the Clinton and Trump Foundations


An Unexpected Career: Building Plumbing for Philanthropy

I’ve spent a decade as plumber.  It was the spring of 2006 when I joined the Hewlett Foundation, my professional home before GuideStar.  These last 10 years I’ve been driven by a common purpose: building plumbing for smart philanthropy.  At Hewlett and at GuideStar I’ve been working to support those that pipe good information—about organizations and grants; about practices and insights—to help drive effectiveness in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.


GuideStar Platinum: Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

Social change is hard. And sometimes it can feel that measuring social change is even harder.


Myths, Misconceptions, and Mistakes: The Wounded Warrior Project


The Wounded Warrior Project, a major nonprofit serving veterans, has found itself in the public eye. A recent article in the New York Times offered a wide-ranging analysis of the organization’s practices. That article was followed up by others in major media outlets.


Introducing the New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile


I’m excited to announce a major milestone in GuideStar's history. 


Better Data, Better Decisions, Better World

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” -John F. Kennedy