Designed with the busy philanthropist in mind, GuideStar offers an easy-to-use database bursting with crucial information about 1.5 million nonprofits—from the organization’s mission to its financial data to its tax-exempt status. GuideStar offers three different subscription levels, from a free membership for simple searches to Select and Premium levels, which allow more sophisticated searches and offer profiles with a bit more meat. GuideStar is a great way for nonprofit organizations to gain visibility. Nonprofits can register with GuideStar, link their Web site to their GuideStar report, and advertise in GuideStar’s classifieds—all free of charge.
For those who want to make a positive impact in the world but aren’t sure where to start, this Web site is just the place. Promoting “action without borders,” Idealist.org lists more than 58,000 nonprofit and community organizations worldwide that focus on the arts, environmental protection, human rights, education, animal welfare, women’s issues, and more. Visitors can search for a volunteer opportunity, internship, job, or local events, and can connect with people around the world who share their interests. Visit the site’s Image Gallery to peruse photos of both individual members and volunteer groups, complete with descriptions, personal statements, and e-mail links.