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Foundation Receives Guidestar’s Highest Rating

The Foundation just earned a 2019 platinum seal by adding information to our nonprofit profile on GuideStar. By sharing these important metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress. We chose to display quantitative information such as total number of grants awarded, total dollar amount of grants awarded, and amount of donations made by Board members to represent how hard the Foundation is working to conserve nature and our outdoor heritage.

We’re proud to have earned a Platinum Seal to share our full and complete story with the world. To reach the highest level of transparency, we added extensive information to our nonprofit profile: basic information about our mission, programs, leadership, etc.; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and vision, and the progress we are making toward our mission. The platinum seal allows donors to focus on our progress and results.

“The Foundation is one of the first organizations granted the platinum seal due to our commitment to transparency and achieving results,” said President & CEO Andrew Walker. “We are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar nonprofit profile to earn a platinum seal, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media.”

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. GuideStar nonprofit profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. The seal levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to its profile to. In addition, users see GuideStar data on more than 200 philanthropic websites and  applications like AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. Foundation Center and GuideStar have joined forces to become a new nonprofit called Candid, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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