Washington, D.C.—GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information, yesterday launched a series of free "Lunch & Learns" aimed at helping the many audiences it serves—including nonprofits, advisors to the nonprofit community, grantmakers, foundations, and philanthropic donors—better use GuideStar's many products and services. Yesterday's meeting, titled "What's the Difference? The Free GuideStar Experience vs. the GuideStar Premium Experience," focused on information you can access on GuideStar.org as a registered user as opposed to a paid GuideStar Premium subscriber.
"We know our users often have questions about what they can do on GuideStar and how our products can help them achieve their goals," said Suzanne Coffman, GuideStar's editorial director and one of the Lunch & Learns hosts. "Sometimes, it's easier just to show something, rather than try to explain it with text and images on a Web page. We're focusing these sessions on larger topics important to specific groups of people in the hopes that we can help different audiences get the most out of their GuideStar experience."
GuideStar Lunch & Learns consist of a 15- to 20-minute product or service demonstration provided by a GuideStar expert, followed by a 10-minute unscripted question-and-answer period. As space for each session is limited to 70 people, GuideStar encourages all interested parties to register for the Lunch & Learns by visiting its webinar page: http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/news/webinars/guidestar-lunch-n-learns.aspx.
The first GuideStar Lunch & Learns series schedule is as follows:
- How to Streamline Your Grantmaking Process: Due Diligence and Capacity Building
TODAY, Wednesday, August 10, 2011
12:30 p.m. EDT
- How to Establish "Fair and Reasonable" Compensation
Thursday, August 11, 2011
12:00 noon EDT
- Uncover Your Nonprofit Client or Lead's Secrets
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
12:30 p.m. EDT
- Prospecting for Nonprofit Gold: Identifying New Nonprofit Markets
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
12:00 noon EDT
- How to Compare and Benchmark Nonprofits
Thursday, August 18, 2011
1:00 p.m. EDT
If a topic is not presented in the schedule above, people are encouraged to provide suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"GuideStar Lunch & Learns are giving us a new way to engage with our users," added Coffman. "By meeting with small groups, we can show how truly valuable GuideStar products and services can be to an individual's success and to a company's bottom line."
For more information about GuideStar Lunch & Learns, please visit http://www2.guidestar.org/rxg/news/webinars/guidestar-lunch-n-learns.aspx.
GuideStar, www.guidestar.org, 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