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From the President's Office, December 2007

Dear Friend:

Here at GuideStar, we are ending the year on a high note—one that we hope will help you end your year successfully, too. We have just added a "Donate Now" capability to our Web site. Now, anyone who comes to GuideStar—registered or unregistered, logged in or not logged in—can give to the charities of his or her choice directly from our site.

We hope that seeing the "Donate Now" button beside a charity's name in the search results or at the top of its GuideStar report will inspire you to give—and that the convenience of on-line giving will encourage giving generously to support the good work of the nonprofit sector.

As 2007 comes to a close, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing to subscribe to the GuideStar Newsletter. I hope you've found it to be a helpful and thought-provoking source of information, and, as always, I encourage you to share your opinions and comments on our articles with us. We appreciate all of your feedback and suggestions on how to make GuideStar better and more responsive to your needs.

From time to time, people ask us about articles we've previously published. GuideStar maintains an archive of past articles on our Web site. There are two ways you can locate specific articles: from the categories listed on the index page or through the year links on the right. If you're new to GuideStar or have just recently become a Newsletter subscriber, you might want to take some time to browse through this valuable collection of information. And please remember, your comments, questions, and requests should be sent directly to the Newsletter's editor, Suzanne Coffman, at scoffman@guidestar.org.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our sixth annual survey on nonprofits and the economy. More than 4,000 Newsletter readers took part, sharing a wide range of responses that come together to paint an interesting picture: as the sector continues to grapple with the growing demand for the services it provides, contributions are on the rise and organizations are optimistic about the immediate future. I believe that the results of this survey are further proof of the indispensable role nonprofit organizations play in our society. For more details, please take a look at the article included in this month's Newsletter.

The work we do in the nonprofit sector is important and essential to all Americans. Thank you for all that you have done to provide public service and thanks for your commitment to make your organization even better and more effective next year. Best wishes for a successful 2008 and a happy holiday season.

Happy holidays,

Bob Ottenhoff
President and CEO