Gotta Love Guidestar!

Are you familiar with Guidestar? Their mission is to “revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.” Guidestar’s website contains a wealth of valuable information. I should note that Guidestar is not paying me to say any of this. I just think it’s a great resource. Here’s why:

  • If you want to research a foundation, Guidestar’s free database will give you access to the foundation’s 990 form . The 990 is a form that tax exempt organizations file with the IRS. It will give you information on the foundation’s assets and grantees. This can help you to determine whether your organization is a good fit for a potential grant and how much money to request. 
  • The 990 form can also be useful when you are applying for a job and want to see the organization’s operating budget and other financial information. It also includes salaries of the highest paid individuals. This is helpful when determining whether the organization’s salary levels will meet your needs. 
  • Besides access to the organization’s 990 forms, Guidestar offers free webinars on a variety of topics. They also have a great bi-weekly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on different nonprofit trends. The website contains back issues of the newsletter, as well as blogs and other information. 

I hope you will take a look at Guidestar. Let me know about any other resources you like to use.

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