GuideStar Blog

From the President's Office, July 2006

Dear Friend:

Just two weeks ago, we launched our latest service resulting from collaborating with our users. It's called GuideStar for Libraries, and through this new program, academic and public libraries can give their patrons access to GuideStar Premium. Click here for more details.

I am delighted that our library partners are expanding the audience that can use our highest level of service. Libraries that take advantage of GuideStar for Libraries can set up on-site or remote access to GuideStar Premium. It's great to know that someone who doesn't even own a computer can become a power user of nonprofit data just by visiting his or her local library.

I am also pleased that this new venture grew out of our experiences collaborating with libraries throughout the country. Our work with the Carnegie Library, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, Yale University, and other institutions has shown us what libraries want and the best way we can provide it to them.

This process is an example of what I mean when I say that we want to make GuideStar an organization that is driven by our users' needs and interests. Our audience is incredibly vast, encompassing small local charities run on shoestrings, multi-billion-dollar organizations that are household names, people who provide services to nonprofits, individual donors and volunteers, members of academia, government employees who interact with nonprofits, seekers of nonprofit jobs, and members of the media. Some need the same information and use it the same way; others require different data for special uses.

My colleagues and I are committed to learning as much as we can about our users' needs, about how they use our data, and developing ways to improve their experience. We are grateful to our library partners for helping us reach out to their patrons, and we look forward to collaborating with other members of our audience to improve their GuideStar experience.

So what do you and your organization need from GuideStar? A service to make you more effective? Some data we're not currently collecting? I'd like to hear from you.

Best wishes,

Bob Ottenhoff
President and CEO
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