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General Purposes


  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $450,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2004
  • Location Williamsburg, VA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

A hallmark of America’s nonprofit sector has been transparency and public access to information. There is a need for this information at nearly every level of society. Currently, the advent of the Internet has drastically changed the information environment and GuideStar has been at the forefront of this revolution for the nonprofit sector.Multiyear funding will enable GuideStar to pursue activities that include digitizing data from public charity tax returns; promoting and managing the direct provision of information from almost 60,000 charities; ensuring data quality and integrity; building and maintaining a sophisticated technological infrastructure of accessible data; and working with other nonprofits and government agencies to streamline the nonprofit reporting process.GuideStar, established in 1994, maintains an Internet accessible database on more than 950,000 nonprofit organizations. In 2001, nearly 4 million users accessed the Web site, 1,000 grantmakers used its services regularly and almost 60,000 nonprofits provided information directly to enhance the data.