GuideStar [Candid]

SOURCE:  Wikipedia, 2020-06-07

  • Founded: 1994 (as Philanthropic Research, Inc.)
  • Founder: Arthur "Buzz" Schmidt
  • Type: Non-profit Organization
  • Focus: Nonprofit Information
  • Location: Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S. | Washington, D.C., U.S. | Oakland, California, U.S.
  • Origins: Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
  • Area served: United States
  • Product: Nonprofit Analysis Solutions
  • Key people: Jacob Harold | Evan Paul | James Dobrzeniecki | Debra Snider | Mizmun Kusairi | Adrian Bordone
  • Revenue: US$10,676,538
  • Employees: 83
  • Website  |  Heritage Foundation
  • Website  |  e.g., GuideStar Pro
  • Formerly called: Philanthropic Research, Inc.

  • Mentioned in [sued by]: Liberty_Counsel is an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. In 2016, its database provided information on 2.5 million organizations.

    GuideStar was one of the first central sources of information on U.S. nonprofits and is the world's largest source of information about nonprofit organizations. GuideStar was founded in Williamsburg, Virginia in September 1994 and received tax-exempt status in 1996, the same year the company began posting nonprofit organizations' financial reports to the World Wide Web.

    GuideStar also serves to verify that a recipient organization is established and that donated funds go where the donor intended for individuals looking to give in the wake of disasters.

    In 2013, GuideStar announced major changes to its GuideStar Exchange program, which allows nonprofits to supplement the public information that is available from the IRS. GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles implemented three seals based on the information a nonprofit provides in its profile: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. In 2016, a new seal that allowed nonprofits to share progress and results for their mission, GuideStar Platinum, was introduced.

    In 2019, GuideStar merged with Foundation Center to form a new organization,

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    A charity watch investigator compared Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, Better Business Bureau, Combined Federal Campaign and Great Nonprofits. The investigator praised GuideStar for offering "information rather than making judgments." After GuideStar placed a notice on the pages of some charities that were listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) "hate list", one of the groups [Liberty Counsel] sued GuideStar for defamation. Other charities echoed criticism of GuideStar's use of SPLC's list.

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    SOURCE:, 2020-06-07

  • Type 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
  • Legal status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization [not required to disclose donors]
  • Website:  |  e.g., GuideStar Pro

    No matter what words are used to describe the police killings of

    and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery -- "tragic," "brutal," "abhorrent," "senseless" -- they are not enough. In our homes, our workplaces, on the streets, and across the nation, people are scared, angry, grieving, and fed up.

    Candid stands with its Black staff and community to affirm that Black lives matter.

    Putting an end to systemic racism here and around the world is going to require nonprofits and foundations to step up like never before. Driven by Candid's core values, we are sharing continuously updated data and insight on race and policing, black male achievement, and racial equity. The only way for our sector to do more is to recognize where and how we have failed to do enough.

    [] Our story

    SOURCE:, 2020-06-07

    Candid was born February 1, 2019 when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. We connect people who want to change the world with the resources they need to do it.

    Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. We find out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, we connect nonprofits, foundations, and individuals to the resources they need to do good, building on 88 years of dedicated experience.

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