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Meet Some of the Faces behind Our Data

 

GuideStar’s summer 2010 interns join Deyan Vitanov of Philanthropedia (second from left) and Bob Ottenhoff (second from right) on a bicycle tour of the nation’s capital. Click the image to view it full size.  GuideStar’s summer 2010 interns join Deyan Vitanov of    Philanthropedia (second from left) and Bob Ottenhoff (second from      right) on a bicycle tour of the nation’s capital. Click the image to view it  full size.

 

What kind of nonprofit data does a donor or decision maker need in today’s world? When GuideStar started collecting data over 10 years ago, the answer was simple: almost anything would help! Today the world of nonprofit data is a much different place. Thanks to our pioneering efforts, the IRS Form 990 is widely accessible. And thanks to the Internet, some information is available on almost every nonprofit.

Now the focus is on the quality of the data, and user expectations are increasingly moving from basic transparency to issues such as the capabilities and effectiveness of organizations. In response last year GuideStar launched the GuideStar Exchange, an effort to collect detailed and high-quality data from nonprofits. Organizations that complete key data fields are awarded the GuideStar Exchange Seal—an important badge of distinction that signifies the organization’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

This summer, GuideStar is fortunate to have a team of very talented and energetic interns to assist nonprofits with the GuideStar Exchange update process. You may be contacted by one of them in the very near future. If so, remember that they are there to help your organization attain the GuideStar Exchange Seal, which represents your organization’s commitment to transparency. Learn more about obtaining the seal for your organization

The interns at the base of the Washington Monument; the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool are in the background The interns at the base of the Washington Monument; the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool are in the background

Our summer 2010 intern team includes:

 

Darrel Philpott, intern supervisor—2010 graduate of the College of William & Mary
Danielle Hardre—Oklahoma University
Jacqueline Miller—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Jaclyn Petruzzelli—St. Joseph’s University
Logan Theodore—Brigham Young University
Catherine Toner—Colgate

I’d like to thank Karen Rayzor for her excellent work selecting the interns, training them, and providing them with the best experience possible.

And lest you think we keep our interns locked up in a conference room all day, here are a few pictures from our recent sightseeing tour around Washington, D.C.

 The Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Bob Ottenhoff, and Deyan VitanovThe Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Bob Ottenhoff, and Deyan Vitanov.

 

In front of the U.S. CapitolIn front of the U.S. Capitol.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Bob.jpgThe preceding is a guest post Bob Ottenhoff,  Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. With an entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus, and a quest to make an impact in the world, Bob has the ability to take an organization and lead it into strong performance, sustainability, and industry leadership.
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