Demonstrating Commitment to Nonprofit Excellence

On an organization’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, visitors can view Third Party Ratings, Accreditations, and Awards. Here, potential donors, volunteers, and others interested in nonprofit performance can learn if an organization has received recognition other than the GuideStar Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Seals of Transparency. The Standards for Excellence Institute, a national accreditation that supports organizations in implementing nonprofit best standards, is one of the accreditations listed. Established in 1998 by Maryland Nonprofits, Standards for Excellence accreditation is available to any 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), or 501(c)(6) nonprofit that undergoes an independent third-party review of its policies, procedures, and practices.

One Year of GuideStar Platinum: Lessons Learned and Plans for the Future

This month we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Platinum Seal of Transparency. Platinum is GuideStar’s highest level of recognition and an opportunity for nonprofits to share their progress in a meaningful way.

Celebrate GuideStar Platinum’s One-Year Birthday with Us!

We can’t believe it’s been one year since GuideStar debuted the Platinum Seal of Transparency.

Updated: And the 2016 Platinum Superstar Is ...

The Superstar Foundation invited GuideStar to help find, recognize, and grant a $5,000 award to a case manager, social worker, or direct service staff who is a Superstar within his or her GuideStar Platinum-level organization. We'd like to congratulate this year's Superstar Award winner, Clair Watson!

Learning What Matters to Nonprofits

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Next month, I’ll be at the Mission Capital conference to discuss “Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Are Leveraging Data.” Of course, before you can measure what matters, you have to know what matters. The good news is that we can often agree about “what matters” in the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve. When we talk about “measuring” what matters, however, we find out very quickly that the devil is in the details. Precision and accuracy are needed to lend credibility to measuring the success of our efforts.

GuideStar Platinum: Measuring Nonprofit Performance at Scale

Social change is hard. And sometimes it can feel that measuring social change is even harder.

Is your organization ready for GuideStar Platinum?

Join our Impact Call Tuesday, May 10
 at 2 p.m. ET to learn all about GuideStar Platinum, our newest level of transparency, and what your organizaiton can do to get its Nonprofit Profile ready! 

Coming Soon: A Tool to Break the Overhead Myth

Results Over Ratios

It’s no secret that one of the greatest challenges facing nonprofits is the difficulty of conveying the complexity of our work to donors and decision makers.Many barriers exist but one stands out—our isolation.Simply put, we have lacked the tools to meaningfully share our progress and results with each other and with the world.