GuideStar Offers One-Stop Shopping for On-line Donors

Donors can research charitable giving and donate on-line through the GuideStar Web site
Release date: November 12, 2008
Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—Donors who plan to research their end-of-year giving on the Internet can find the information they need on GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, then give to the charities of their choice directly from the GuideStar Web site.

"Giving through GuideStar is quick, convenient, and easy," said Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO. "All you have to do is click the 'Donate Now' button beside a charity's name. You don't even have to register with our site or log in to use this feature. And, instead of going to each charity's Web site, you can give to several charities at one time from our site, and receive a receipt for income tax purposes as soon as your transaction is completed."

GuideStar is the leading provider of information about U.S. nonprofits. Donors who give to charities through the GuideStar Web site know that their contributions are going to legitimate nonprofits that the IRS has designated eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. State-of-the-art technology protects donors' credit card and personal information, which is used only to process the donations and is never shared or sold.

"Part of GuideStar's mission is to promote charitable giving," Ottenhoff added. "We work toward that goal in two ways: by providing in-depth and objective information on the nation's charities so that donors can give with confidence, and by making it as easy and convenient as possible for donors to support their favorite nonprofits. Helping donors and charities connect is especially important now, when nonprofits are facing the double challenges of a struggling economy and increased demand for their services."

About GuideStar

GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.7 million IRS-recognized nonprofits; around 1 million of these organizations are charities eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

News Contact:

Suzanne E. Coffman
Director of Communications
(757) 229-4631, ext. 27
scoffman@guidestar.org