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How to Make the Most of Spring Break Volunteers

Spring break is upon us and, for many college students, that means time off to relax with friends or to visit with family. But it’s also a great time to pad their résumés and give back to their communities. Believe it or not, many students actually engage in “alternative spring breaks,” holidays spent volunteering and supporting causes that are important to them. Sometimes, this is an extended trip. Other times, it may simply be a few hours donated at a local food bank or animal shelter. However their alternative spring break looks, these students are ideal volunteers for nonprofits looking to add to their volunteer rosters.


8 Tips to Enhance Your Fundraising and Donor Relationships

All of a nonprofit’s actions are interconnected. If you do something to enhance your fundraising, that action is likely to affect another one of your strategies as well. Therefore, make sure you’re thinking through how one decision will affect each and every one of your strategies.


How Social Norms Affect Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes

From wearing pink to hosting parties or posting on social media, people everywhere are celebrating #InternationalWomensDay. Social movements like this can inspire people to give to related causes and increase charitable contributions to them. A recent report by the Woman’s Philanthropy Institute presents insights into how the giving behaviors of others, as defined by social norms, influence donation behavior, focusing on the particular challenges that women-focused organizations face in courting male donors.


The Iditarod of Capital Campaigns: Multi-Use Projects

I had the opportunity to meet with a woman who has completed the Iditarod several times. She’s amazing, and she told me her biggest challenge wasn’t the weather or the long hours or the isolation. It was keeping her team of dogs happy by ensuring that each was fed, rested, and doing what he or she loved, whether that was breaking trail, being calm or enthusiastic, or pulling. When each dog is given the opportunity to do what it loves in a team environment, the race goes more smoothly.

Multi-use campaigns are similar to the world-famous sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. They cannot be completed, much less won, by anything less than a team that understands and values individual strengths.


Strategic Partnerships: An Avenue to Success

More and more often we are seeing a number of philanthropists coming together to address a specific problem, for example this announcement from Blue Meridian Partners:


Candid In Your Community

As you may have already heard, Foundation Center joined forces with GuideStar to become Candid! Please read our press release for more context on the combining of our two organizations.


5 Technology Tips for a Better Fundraising Strategy

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Technology is an important part of any nonprofit’s overall strategy for engaging and retaining donors, but have you ever considered enhancing your existing fundraising strategies with technology?

There are so many things that go into your fundraising strategy: donor preferences, communication and outreach tactics, campaign and event planning, and more. And it can be hard to make sure that all the information that you collect during your fundraising campaigns gets put to good use later!

We thought long and hard about our favorite fundraising technology best practices and strategies, and have collected the best ones for you here:


3 Things You Should Not Do When Writing About Your Nonprofit

The importance of storytelling is undeniable. For a brand that wants more exposure, using storytelling in marketing is a must. But how can nonprofits benefit from storytelling, and does it work any differently for them?


Looking at Nonprofits That Serve African Americans

As Black History Month comes to a close, we’d like to shine a spotlight on U.S. nonprofits serving and supporting black populations. Searching IRS data, financial documents, and GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles,  we identified more than 2,500 organizations that state they serve African Americans. 


GuideStar APIs Are Now Even Better

Hundreds of partners rely on our APIs (application programming interfaces) to integrate GuideStar data into their websites and applications. Last year, we proudly released our next generation APIs. We’d completely rebuilt them to provide more powerful searches and more in-depth information. Our customers overwhelmingly embraced these enhancements.

Today, we’re excited to announce additional upgrades to two of our APIs. We’ve added more information, some of it available only through GuideStar, and added new filters so your users can find information in new ways.


  2019 Seals of Transparency are now available!