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Danger, Will Grantmaker or DAF! Don't Use GuideStar Premium or GuideStar Pro to Verify Grant and Distribution Recipients

Two questions:

  1. Do you use GuideStar Premium or GuideStar Pro to verify a nonprofit's eligibility to receive grants and charitable distributions?
  2. Are you acting on behalf of a private foundation, community foundation, or other sponsor of donor-advised funds?

A Funder’s Perspective: The Journey to Grantmaking

 

I thought it would be helpful to let you peek into our foundation office and watch part of the grantmaking process. This is what happens when we receive the grant request your organization spent so much time putting together.


The Next Generation of Nonprofit Data Standards

 

Our current moment in the human story is often called the age of information. And indeed, we are too-often overwhelmed by the torrent of data coursing through our lives. As a society, we have developed many tools to organize the information we rely on every day. The Dewey Decimal System helps libraries organize books. UPC codes help stores organize their products. Nutrition labels help to present information about food ingredients and nutritional value (or lack thereof) in a way that’s consistent and predictable.


Why Investing in Social Innovation Is the Most Important Thing Grantmakers Can Do This Year

Institutional funding for social solutions is going through an exciting evolution. 

Available capital has soared over the past few years.

Between 2001 and 2011, some 20,000 new foundations were created in the United States, representing a 32 percent growth in the industry. In that same time period, giving grew by 61 percent, and assets grew by nearly 39 percent. Impact investors have ushered in new pools of cash, with more than $300 billion in capital invested in 2014, a 40 percent increase since 2012. In addition, creative new approaches like venture philanthropy and pay for success models are diversifying ways funding can be allocated to social solutions. 


The myth of double-dipping, and the destructiveness of restricted funding


I’ve written before about double-dipping being one of the worst accusations you can leverage against a nonprofit. It makes for an effective insult: “Your ED is so dumb, he went on eHarmony hoping to meet a logic model.” “Oh yeah? Well your org is so unethical, it reported that one funder paid for some food for a community gathering, but then also told another funder that they paid for the same food!” (#nonprofitinsults, in case you’re bored and want to start a new trend on Twitter)


What Grantmakers Want Applicants to Know


Two years ago, GuideStar asked a group of grantmakers what they would most like to tell applicants. The idea was to come up with some sound advice that would help nonprofits increase their chances of success in the competition for foundation money.

Putting Your Gifts and Grants to Work Overseas


In the years following September 11, international grantmaking has become more necessary than ever—and ever more difficult.