What is giveGreater.org®?
giveGreater.org is your resource for local giving provided by The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. It is a database of local nonprofit organizations providing services in The Community Foundation’s region. giveGreater.org helps donors learn about, connect with, and give to nonprofits online. giveGreater.org helps nonprofits increase their visibility and receive on-line donations through a widely advertised searchable database.
The Community Foundation’s partner, 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’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better more informed decisions, and encourages charitable giving.
What are the goals?
giveGreater.org® provides comprehensive information on local nonprofits to enable donors an efficient and effective way to make gifts with knowledge and confidence to the areas of interest and organizations that they wish to support.
The goals of giveGreater.org are to: Increase the amount of giving to local causes and strengthen the nonprofit sector
What does it cost?
The Community Foundation provides giveGreater.org as a free resource to the community, bearing the cost for an annual licensing fee for the on-line platform, and maintaining the database and website. Nonprofits are not charged a fee to have a profile on giveGreater.org or for monthly on-line giving access. Fees associated with donation transactions are set by the credit card companies. During The Great Give® giving challenge events, in addition to credit card transaction fees, a third-party processing fee is assessed by the site provider to guarantee accomodation of volume surges during the challenge. The Community Foundation does not receive any revenue from the transaction and processing fees.
What is a nonprofit profile?
Today’s donor wants easy, accessible information in order to make more informed decisions. In giveGreater.org you will find: General Information--contact information, mission, link to website; Programs--list and description of up to 5 programs; Management--staff and policy information; Governance--Board of Directors and planning information; Financial--three years of financial information in an easy to read format; Original documents--if available, the following documents will be available on giveGreater.org in a pdf format: IRS letter of nonprofit determination, Budget, IRS form 990 (nonprofit tax reporting form), audit or financial review. The information is provided on a voluntary basis by area nonprofits. The Community Foundation staff verifies some information (i.e. financial data is verified against the 990 and audit) at the same time, much of the data is self-reported. Profiles are updated annually.
Why are some nonprofits missing from giveGreater.org?
We are continuously adding new profiles. If you see an organization that is missing let us know and we will contact them about giveGreater.org.
Where does the financial information in giveGreater.org come from?
Financial information is entered by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, or the audited financial statements, or from other financial documents submitted and approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Community Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax reporting, and thus makes no representations or warranties thereon.
Does The Community Foundation endorse nonprofit organizations with profiles on giveGreater.org?
The Community Foundation works with local nonprofit organizations to provide the most current, updated and reviewed information about local nonprofits.
Each profile has been reviewed by The Foundation. The Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current information available.
To see if the organization has received a competitive new grant from The Foundation in the last five years, go to the “General Information” Tab of the profile.
Unless otherwise specifically indicated, the presence of information on giveGreater.org regarding any nonprofit does not mean that The Community Foundation endorses or supports that organization. The information provided on each profile is provided by the nonprofit organization itself. The Community Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data or make any representations or warranties with regard to any organization profiled in this database. An organizational profile, as viewed or printed from this system, is not intended to be a user’s complete source of information regarding an organization. Rather, it can serve as a way for a user to initially screen an organization and decide if that organization warrants further examination. Whenever possible, The Community Foundation will provide explanation for any data discrepancies. If prospective donors have further questions about an organization, they may either contact the organization directly or contact The Community Foundation.
What standards should I look for when evaluating a nonprofit organization?
giveGreater.org® does not evaluate or rate nonprofits. When reviewing an organization's profile, you are encouraged to look at the whole picture. The Community Foundation has its own "Guiding Principles for Nonprofits: Leadership, Evaluation and Sound Management" which you may find helpful.
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