If you are like many who are preparing to make charitable contributions before 2014 draws to a close, please know that GuideStar stands ready to assist you. We are committed to ensuring that the information you need to make your giving decisions is available wherever and whenever you need it.
- Before donating, you may choose to research various organizations. To help with your research, visit www.guidestar.org. This year alone, more than 7 million unique visitors have come to www.guidestar.org, with 98% of visitors accessing information for free. Each of the more than 1.8 million nonprofit in GuideStar’s database has a page on our site. In addition to the information submitted to the IRS, a growing number of nonprofits are leveraging the GuideStar Exchange Program to share additional information – including information on programs, impact, finances, and governance – on their profile page to provide a fuller picture of their work.
- When donating, you may also be using one of the many giving portals. GuideStar powers several of these portals – including AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) – and is the basis for the internal research tools many philanthropic advisors and community foundations are using.
As you make your year-end giving decisions, we hope you will consider a tax-deductible gift to GuideStar. As a nonprofit ourselves, we rely on the generous support of so many – individuals, foundations, corporations, and other great partners. Your donation to GuideStar will be helping your favorite nonprofits get the exposure and support they need to succeed, and you will be assisting donors to make more confident giving decisions.
Thank you for all you do to support the nonprofit sector. You play an important role in transforming the lives of the people and communities served each day by the sector.
Thank you and Happy New Year!