Charting Impact is a joint project of Independent Sector, GuideStar, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance. Its five questions create a common framework to allow organizations to learn from each other and better serve their communities. The Charting Impact questions complement the planning, evaluation, and assessment organizations already undertake, and can be used by nonprofits and foundations of all sizes and missions.

Nonprofits must complete the five Charting Impact questions to earn a Gold Seal of Transparency.

Need help getting started?

Use GuideStar’s search to find examples of Charting Impact answers from peer organizations.

  • Click the Organizations tab to filter for Gold and Platinum organizations.
  • Use the cause area, financial, and/or geography filters to find organizations like yours.

Use the Charting Impact discussion guide to help you through the process.

  • This material should help your discussions with key members of your organization as you consider how to communicate your goals, strategies, capabilities, progress indicators, and accomplishments.