In response to feedback from our users, we’ve refined a few of our search features. One of these changes affect all searches, and the others are limited to our subscription products, GuideStar Charity Check, Premium, and Pro.
Change Affecting All Searches
The “Income” filter is now “Revenue (F990)”
In the past, “Income” was the only financial filter that drew information from the IRS Business Master File (BMF)—all of the others were (and are) pulled from IRS Form 990. Users found this inconsistency confusing, annoying, and less useful than 990 data. We have changed the filter to “Revenue (F990)” and are drawing the information from the 990.
Because many tax-exempt organizations file Form 990-N or 990-EZ instead of the full 990, we are continuing to display BMF data in the search results. We have changed the label for that field from “Income” to “Gross Receipts” to reflect its contents more accurately. Sorting search results by income is also based on BMF data.
Changes Affecting Only GuideStar Charity Check, Premium, and Pro Searches
You can search by county
You can either enter the county name as a keyword in the “County” field, or select a state and choose a county from the drop-down menu.
People Search is more flexible
If you have People Search, you can now include job titles, organization names, and Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) in the primary search field.
The “Organization Name” and “Title Category” filters have been removed from People Search
Because you can include this information in the primary search field, we’ve eliminated these filters.
Got Feedback? Let Us Know
We implemented most of these changes in response to requests from our users. We’re eager to hear what you think of them. We also welcome suggestions for additional ways to improve your GuideStar experience. Please post your feedback and ideas in the GuideStar Community.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts with us to get us to this point.
The preceding post is by Scott Menzel, GuideStar's senior product manager.