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Support GuideStar and Transform Philanthropy

What Is GuideStar?

GuideStar is the leading source of information about U.S. nonprofits and a recognized thought leader for the sector. We pursue a charitable mission to connect people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of 2.2 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Through this work, GuideStar is creating a more transparent nonprofit sector, increasing knowledge about tax-exempt organizations, and enabling more confident charitable giving.

Our stakeholders include individuals both inside and outside the nonprofit world: private donors, people seeking nonprofit services, grantmakers, businesses, professional service providers, government officials, academic researchers, the media, and nonprofits themselves. These stakeholders turn to GuideStar for comprehensive, accurate, and timely nonprofit information, available through our website, partnerships with other sites, and products and services.

What Is GuideStar's Financial Model?

GuideStar is a nonprofit organization whose operations are funded through a combination of contributions, grants, membership, and product sales. Earned revenue—from the sales of products and services—is a core element of our funding model and allows more than 98 percent of the people accessing data on guidestar.org to do so for free. Yet earned income only covers base costs—it does not provide the income necessary for innovation, expansion, and transformation. To succeed, we rely on the sustained commitment of our existing partners and the support and engagement of many new donors.

Why Support GuideStar?

By providing quality information about nonprofit organizations, GuideStar helps donors make better and more informed decisions and fosters successful nonprofits.

GuideStar 2020: Building the Scaffolding of Social Change outlines our transformational vision—to deliver the highest-quality data to as many people as possible, to collect new information from the sector in ways no one else can, and to generate the information and knowledge that will enable effective philanthropy.

This vision is exciting, ambitious, and challenging—and true to GuideStar's revolutionary mission.

By supporting GuideStar, you are helping fulfill this vision of building the information infrastructure for social change and ensuring that the nonprofit sector is equipped to tackle the great challenges of the 21st century.

Join Us!

There are three main ways to support GuideStar's mission:

GuideStar USA, Inc. (54-1774039) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to GuideStar are tax deductible.

Need More Information?

Please contact us if you have questions or need more information on ways to support GuideStar. E-mail us at funding@guidestar.org.