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Earning a GuideStar Seal of Transparency Pays Off—Gold and Platinum Seal Holders Received the Most Donations in 2017

Yesterday, we looked at the growth in donations made through the GuideStar website in 2017. Today we’re examining the impact having a GuideStar Seal of Transparency and mission had on these gifts.


2017 Giving on GuideStar Up 200%—Activate Your GuideStar Donate Button Now

What would you say if someone told you:

  • there’s a place where the number of charities receiving donations grew 200 percent in one year;
  • the number of donations in that place increased 150 percent over the same year;
  • the amount of money donated in that place doubled during that year; and
  • just a few minutes of your time could enable your organization to take advantage of these developments—for free?

Amplify the Voice of Nonprofits This Year

As the new year approaches and we step back to reflect upon 2017, I hope you are as inspired as I am by the good works we have seen in the nonprofit sector. As individual organizations working at the local, state, national, and international levels, and as a collective entity, nonprofits have been at the heart of social change in 2017. You have shared in their successes and challenges, and we hope you will join us in making sure their voices are heard in 2018 and beyond. 


A #GivingTuesday Message from GuideStar

Today, #GivingTuesday, is an important day for nonprofits around the world, including GuideStar!


Celebrate the Giving Season with GuideStar

With the giving season ahead of us and the holidays fast approaching, this time of year has a different meaning for each of us. At its core, the giving season is the culmination of what has been building within us all year: a desire to articulate and act upon the value we receive that in turn enriches our work, our relationships, and our lives. 


ExpressTaxExempt Launches Collaboration with GuideStar to Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Organizations Granted New Opportunities with ExpressTaxExempt & GuideStar Partnership

SPAN Enterprises, parent company of ExpressTaxExempt, is excited to announce the launch of Express990 in collaboration with GuideStar. Express990 allows nonprofits to seamlessly export their completed IRS Form 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF returns to be viewed on GuideStar.


Don’t Be Shy—Tell Us How GuideStar Has Helped You!

As every nonprofit knows, the ability to tell your story is key in communicating your organization’s mission and impact to your audience. But what happens when your mission is focused on helping users get the nonprofit information they need and providing nonprofits with a platform to share their impact story with the world? You are left with a hole in how your organization can communicate its own story about the incredible work you do. 


Charity Navigator and GuideStar: Working Together to Move Beyond Overhead

When I am asked about Charity Navigator I often joke that they are a “frenemy” of GuideStar. But the truth is that they are a friend. We’ve worked on projects together and have an amicable relationship. Our two organizations joined with the BBB Wise Giving Alliance in 2013 to launch the Overhead Myth campaign, a collective attempt to shift the conversation about nonprofit performance away from financial ratios ... and toward programmatic results.


Charity Navigator and GuideStar Announce First of Its Kind Collaboration to Publish Charity Results

Sector leaders unite to share insights about results, outcomes, and impact

Today Charity Navigator and GuideStar have launched their first-ever collaboration for publishing charity results and progress data. The new initiative will allow the two industry giants to work together and advance the discussion of impact measurement among nonprofit organizations while minimizing burden on nonprofits.


GuideStar Then and Now: The Impact of a “Simple” Idea

On September 6, 1994, a new business opened in an office park in Williamsburg, Virginia. Philanthropic Research, Inc. (PHR), sought to transform philanthropy by gathering nonprofit information and making it available to donors. PHR was a for-profit entity staffed by five people (founder Buzz Schmidt and four employees).

Not surprisingly, a lot has changed in the past 23 years.