GuideStar and KIMBIA Kick Off $5,000 Giveaway to Encourage Smart Charitable Donations This Giving Season

Charities and Private Operating Foundations That Are GuideStar Exchange Seal Holders, Register for the Contest, and Receive the Highest Number of Donations through GuideStar during the Giving Season Are Eligible
Release date: November 1, 2011

Washington, D.C.—GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information, and KIMBIA, a group that empowers nonprofits and other organizations to increase giving, today launched their 2011 Giving Season Giveaway that will award $5,000 to the 501(c)(3) public charity or 501(c)(3) private operating foundation that holds the GuideStar Exchange Seal and receives the most donations through its profile page on the GuideStar Web site during the last two months of 2011, known in the sector as the "giving season." Since many charitable organizations receive a large portion of donations at the end of the year, GuideStar and KIMBIA are using this period as an opportunity to encourage nonprofits to be transparent about their inner workings, and philanthropic donors to do their research before making a charitable gift this year. The contest is available to 501(c)(3) public charities and 501(c)(3) private operating foundations—unfortunately, 501(c)(3) private nonoperating foundations are not eligible for the contest.

"We know that times are tough for nonprofits and donors alike," said José Fernández, director of the GuideStar Exchange. "We are thrilled to be able to help a charity out while at the same time urging nonprofits to share their full stories via the GuideStar Exchange. Donors have come to expect transparency, and the giving season is a perfect time to reward nonprofits that understand that."

To participate, a charity or private operating foundation must complete three tasks:

  1. Be a GuideStar Exchange Seal holder by November 15
  2. Register for the contest:
  3. Get the highest number of donations through the KIMBIA donation widget on its profile page on GuideStar between November 1 and December 31, 2011. (Note: Only contributions made after an organization has become a Seal holder will count for the contest.)

The $5,000 award is furnished by KIMBIA, and the contest will run from November 1 through December 31, 2011.

"KIMBIA believes that giving is more than just a transaction; it is the beginning of a relationship. That's why our mission is to make tools that enable nonprofits to connect with donors wherever they are," said Thon Morse, KIMBIA's president and founder. "We are proud to partner with GuideStar, and we hope this contest inspires many new and lasting connections."

Any charity or private operating foundation that wishes to participate has until November 15 to make sure that its profile on GuideStar has everything that is required to receive the GuideStar Exchange Seal. To help promote the contest and urge donations through its profile page on GuideStar, nonprofits that register for the giveaway will receive a marketing tool kit with helpful tips for getting the word out to donors, board members, volunteers, clients, and other stakeholders. To date, more than 325 nonprofits have registered for the contest.

The donation page is powered by KIMBIA, and donations are processed by Network for Good, a Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance accredited nonprofit 501(c)(3) donor-advised fund. Network for Good re-grants donated funds to the organizations donors designate.

For all of the contest details, please visit:

Official Rules of the GuideStar-KIMBIA Giving Season Giveaway

Only United States 501(c)(3) public charities or 501(c)(3) private operating foundations ("Organization") that are GuideStar Exchange Seal Holders are eligible to enter the GuideStar Giveaway Season Contest ("Contest"). Note: 501(c)(3) private nonoperatingfoundations are not eligible to enter the contest. Although one individual at any Organization will submit the entry on behalf of the Organization, individuals are not eligible to enter or win the Contest. No purchase necessary to enter.

Each individual entering the Contest on behalf of an Organization represents and agrees that he or she is authorized to enter the Contest on behalf of the Organization, the Organization is a U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity or private operating foundation and a GuideStar Exchange Seal Holder at the time of entry, the individual on behalf of the Organization has read and understands these rules, has the authority to bind the Organization and he or she and the Organization agree to be bound by the Official Rules in all respects.

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