Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—GuideStar USA, Inc. today announced plans to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001, by providing GuideStar's powerful search technology to 911dayofservice.org, a new 9/11 National Day of Service Initiative Web site that makes it easy for potential donors, volunteers, and supporters to find causes that match their interests. When users search the site they will see the "Powered by GuideStar" logo that provides a guarantee that the nonprofits they find on it are recognized by the IRS and that the information about them is as accurate and up to date as possible.
In 2009, the United States Congress passed bi-partisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, which formally recognized September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. "We are proud to be among the community of individuals and nonprofits that want to rekindle the spirit of hope and community that followed the terrorist attacks," said Bob Ottenhoff, president and CEO of GuideStar. "We collaborated with MyGoodDeed, Network for Good, All For Good, and HandsOn Network so volunteers can find a variety of ways to support the causes they care about, not just on 9/11 but throughout the year."
There is no cost for individuals or organizations to search the Web site for charities they may want to support, nor for nonprofits to be listed and update their profiles. Nonprofits can enhance their listings by setting up or updating profiles by visiting www.guidestar.org, then selecting the "Update Nonprofit Report" tab.
For those who want to encourage friends, family, and colleagues to participate in the 9/11 National Day of Service, 911dayofservice.org provides numerous online tools and ways to share their stories of service through social media channels. Supporters can create links to 911dayofservice.org through their Twitter and Facebook accounts, download and install 9/11 National Day of Service widgets on their personal Web pages and blogs, or share their experiences serving on 9/11 on the public forums and message boards.
"9/11 is an extraordinarily powerful motivator for engagement," stated David Paine, president and co-founder of MyGoodDeed. "In fact, independent research commissioned in 2010 by MyGoodDeed found that more than 60 percent of Americans today—and 84 percent of those between ages 18-35—are ready to commemorate 9/11 through acts of charitable service or volunteerism."
GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances 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.
Lindsay J.K. Nichols