GuideStar gathers and publicizes information on over 1.8 million IRS-recognized

GuideStar gathers and publicizes information on over 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofit organizations. It provides access for donors and grantmakers to TakeAction@GuideStar which provides information on nonprofits charitable status, as well as, the status of supporting organizations. GuideStar USA, Inc. 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.
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For this task, please log into GuideStar and create an account, which can be done for free at: http://www.guidestar.org/ Please keep your credentials in a safe place as you will enter this database several times through the term. For this task, please choose a nonprofit organization of interest to you and search GuideStar.
For example, if you were to search Georgia Disabilities Possible Inc., what type of information could you learn about this organization? Please keep in mind that this is a large database and that you are not limited to the state of Alabama (venture out of your comfort zone)!
On the landing page for the organization you should be able to download a report. Download this file and evaluate it for the type information you were able to access, the level of information provided based on the profile, and other factors that you find interesting. Did you find the results to be complete or were there pieces missing that you would like to have been presented?
Once you have reviewed what is available in GuideStar make your way to the organizations web page and summarize what you are able to glean from putting the two together that you would not have been able to with only one or the other information.
Your summary should be typed, double spaced 12-point Times New Roman font and be at least two pages in length.

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