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GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, connects people and organizations with information on the programs, finances, and impact of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

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    GreatNonprofits provides the best way to understand the work of nonprofit organizations—through users’ eyes, not simple numerical ratios.
    Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Stanford University’s Haas Center for Public Service
    We include stakeholder reviews on GuideStar nonprofit reports very purposefully.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    The stakeholders of an organization are a terrific barometer of its performance, and one of the several pieces of information that we encourage people to consider when evaluating charities.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    When we are exhausted, frustrated, and ready to give up, reading our reviews inspires us.
    Elyse Nardick at the Foundation for Children with Microcephaly in Phoenix, Ariz.
    Our new rankings come just in time for the charitable giving season.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    Our rankings of highest-performing nonprofits are a great, easy way for donors to feel really comfortable with their charitable decision making.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    Impact-oriented donors can save a ton of time and energy finding the best nonprofits to support this holiday season thanks to these rankings.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    In combination with audited financials and organization and project budgets, Financial SCAN paints a powerful, comprehensive and visual picture of risks and opportunities associated with a potential grant.
    Jonathan Goldberg of Surdna Foundation
    Financial SCAN focuses on statistics and trends that have a far greater influence than overhead on a nonprofit's overall financial health and capacity to deliver excellent programs.
    Scott Menzel, product manager of GuideStar
    Financial SCAN subscribers are using the reports as a starting point for more productive conversations about how to improve the strength and stability of organizations for the ultimate benefit of the missions they serve.
    Rebecca Thomas, vice president of Nonprofit Finance Fund
    When we understand how money connects to mission results, we unlock new opportunities to make the most of resources and improve social outcomes.
    Rebecca Thomas, vice president of Nonprofit Finance Fund
    Simplify allows grantees to keep their current data in one place so it’s easier to maintain and share information, and it allows funders to easily access this information, streamlining their grant application process.
    Lisa Pool, TAG’s executive director
    Simply enables grantmakers to get quality data, grantees save valuable time, and everyone benefits from a more efficient process.
    Lisa Pool, TAG’s executive director
    We’re thrilled to partner with TAG on this seamless, automated information flow that allows funders and grantees to manage the grantmaking process more efficiently.
    Jim Dobrzeniecki, vice president of Information Technology at GuideStar
    Simplify is the center of information integration.
    Jim Dobrzeniecki, vice president of Information Technology at GuideStar
    It’s getting harder and harder for nonprofits to break through the giving season clutter, but organizations have a much better chance if they focus on what donors really care about: results.
    Lindsay J.K. Nichols, GuideStar’s communications director
    By taking a moment to share how it’s meeting its mission, a nonprofit can be confident that it is providing the best information to donors and funders.
    Lindsay J.K. Nichols, GuideStar’s communications director
    Taking a few minutes to look into the nonprofit that piques your interest before you donate can go a long way when it comes to making sure you are giving to the right charity.
    Lindsay J.K. Nichols, GuideStar’s communications director
    Minnesota traditionally receives high marks in education, yet there are significant achievement gaps between white students and students of color and low-income students.
    Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
    We hope that this list of high-impact nonprofits will help others find organizations that are making great strides in closing the achievement gap in Minnesota.
    Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
    Throughout this research, it has been eye opening to discover all of the innovative ways that Minnesota nonprofits support at-risk youth of all ages.
    Jasmine Marrow, manager of Philanthropedia research at GuideStar
    Expert-driven recommendations have tremendous potential to improve the pace of social change.
    Jasmine Marrow, manager of Philanthropedia research at GuideStar
    Miz and Evan come to GuideStar at a crucial time in our evolution as an organization.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    We’re stepping up our work to ensure that the stakeholders of social change have the information they need to make good decisions.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    When I began looking for my next professional adventure, I immediately thought of GuideStar.
    Miz Kusairi, GuideStar's senior director of strategy
    I am excited to put my expertise in the intersection of nonprofit management, stakeholder engagement, and technology to good use for GuideStar.
    Evan Paul, GuideStar's senior director of marketing and products
    Our one-of-a-kind expert crowd-sourcing methodology allows donors and funders to easily find the nonprofits making the biggest difference in their missions.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    We all give with our hearts, but unless we give with our heads, that money could go to waste, which in this economy is untenable.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    For those looking to support reproductive health, rights, and justice; workforce development; and childhood health and nutrition, our new rankings of the top nonprofits in these cause areas provide a map for donors and funders looking to support the highest-performing nonprofits.
    Jasmine Marrow, GuideStar’s manager of Philanthropedia research
    GuideStar and the Foundation Center each serve as strategic partners for those in the social sector working to create a better world.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    As more and more nonprofits and grantmakers join us in sharing data, spreading solutions, and telling their stories, a virtuous circle is emerging.
    Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center
    Now we also stand as partners to each other, so that we can learn from our respective successes and experiences, build our own capacity through collaboration, develop joint resources to serve the sector better, and deliver more solutions to strengthen nonprofits’ and grantmakers’ impact.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    Working together will help the social sector work better.
    Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center
    Our 2013 GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report tells us that, in most cases, executive compensation increases were somewhat higher in 2011 for incumbent CEOs than in 2010.
    Chuck McLean, vice president of research for GuideStar
    Still, compensation increases have not yet reached levels seen before the ‘Great Recession’.”
    Chuck McLean, the author of all of the report for 13 straight years
    Our annual compensation report provides important information to help nonprofits explain to stakeholders that their compensation practices are appropriate.
    Chuck McLean
    One of many benefits for organizations answering Charting Impact's questions is that the process encourages deep, meaningful conversations with stakeholders about the impact the organization has made, will make, and how to bridge the gaps.
    Art Taylor, president and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance
    I am delighted that the Charting Impact reporting tool is now embedded in the GuideStar Exchange, extending our important partnership.
    Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector
    The integration of Charting Impact into our GuideStar Exchange program reduces the information-sharing burden on nonprofits.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    This partnership with Grassroots.org is a major boost to our GuideStar Exchange program because we know nonprofits are under-resourced and need support.
    Lisa Marston, vice president of business development for GuideStar
    Grassroots.org offers free technology tools and resources to thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada.
    Raymond Henderson, CEO of Grassroots.org
    We overhauled our GuideStar Exchange to align with what our Money for Good II research showed: that donors, institutional funders, and financial advisors want to know basic, financial, and impact and effectiveness information about nonprofits.
    Erinn Andrews, senior director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar, the premier nonprofit information provider
    Nonprofits will benefit from our new interface, which makes information sharing less burdensome. That is a key concern that we hear from nonprofits.
    Erinn Andrews, senior director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar
    The overhaul of our GuideStar Exchange is really our first step in creating a standard for nonprofit information collection in the sector.
    Erinn Andrews, senior director of nonprofit strategy at GuideStar
    GuideStar Premium Pro provides richer search capabilities and even more nonprofit informationt by building on the already rich tool set that users have come to expect from our much loved GuideStar Premium product.
    Scott Menzel, a product manager at GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information.
    GuideStar Premium Pro gives users the ability to hone in on the nonprofits they are searching based on finances.
    Scott Menzel, a product manager at GuideStar
    We hope the Overhead Myth campaign will inspire nonprofits to focus on results, not ratios, when engaging with donors and funders.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    Through this campaign we want to encourage donors to give with their heads as well as their hearts, and consider the whole picture when determining which charities to support.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    The people and communities served by charities don’t need low overhead, they need high performance.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
    I encourage nonprofits and their supporters across the country to visit www.overheadmyth.com.
    Jacob Harold, president and CEO of GuideStar
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