GuideStar and Council on Foundations Announce Partnership

Partners will share information, provide insight into trends affecting the charitable sector, and build on each other’s strengths to benefit respective audiences and sector as a whole.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Washington, DC

GuideStar and the Council on Foundations are pleased to announce a new partnership to deepen and strengthen knowledge about the nonprofit sector.

“With this partnership, GuideStar and the Council on Foundations are going beyond mere collaboration toward real partnership for the advancement of the philanthropic field,” noted the president and CEO of the Council on Foundations Vikki Spruill. “Our organizations are committing to build on our unique resources and knowledge in order to advance philanthropy in the United States and globally. As the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, GuideStar has a unique vantage point from which to inform the work of foundations.”

  • The two organizations are partnering in several important ways, including: 
  • developing thought leadership on strengthening the charitable sector and best practices;
  • co-hosting virtual conferences on sector trends and other topics of use to foundations and nonprofits;
  • information sharing around crucial public policy developments; and
  • the development of joint research projects.

“GuideStar envisions a nonprofit sector that is capable of confronting the great challenges of our time,” said Jacob Harold, GuideStar’s president and CEO. “We believe that access to better information and tools will empower the social sector to achieve greater impact and innovation. Our partnership with the Council on Foundations, the premier philanthropic leadership network, will play a key role in moving toward that vision. Together, we will create better information to support daily decision making by people and organizations across the sector.”

About GuideStar

GuideStar,, is the largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with information on more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Some 7 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar's data every year to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GuideStar collects its information from the IRS, directly from nonprofits, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. GuideStar is a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #75786.

About the Council on Foundations

An active philanthropic network, the Council on Foundations, founded in 1949, is a nonprofit leadership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. It provides the opportunity, leadership, and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good. The Council empowers professionals in philanthropy to meet today's toughest challenges and advances a culture of charitable giving in the U.S. and globally.