Donors would support high-impact nonprofits if they could readily find information on organizations' effectiveness. That was what 4,500 out of 5,000 donors told GuideStar and Hope Consulting as part of our Money for Good II research. (See the infographic on the right for more information; click on the image to view it full-size.)
To make it easier for donors to find this information, we have added an impact tab to our Nonprofit Reports. The impact tab offers:
At GuideStar, we believe that the true measure of a nonprofit's effectiveness is how well it performs its mission. Unfortunately, there is no magic number that identifies high-performing nonprofits.
Focusing on impact—the outcomes of an organization's work to serve and achieve its mission—and relying on experts allow us to account for these variables.
Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar, asks foundation professionals, academics, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, and other experts in a particular field to identify the nonprofits that are having the most impact in that area. Using a crowd-sourcing methodology, Philanthropedia designates the nonprofits the experts cite the most as "Top Nonprofits." Any organization, however, that an expert identifies as effective—whether or not it is named a "Top Nonprofit"—gets an impact tab in its Nonprofit Report. To learn more about Philanthropedia's methodology and experts, see the following articles:
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