GuideStar Silver

Many foundations and federated funds (also sometimes called community funds like United Way) are starting to require that applying nonprofits have at least a GuideStar Silver level or be a Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited agency.

Question: What is required for my nonprofit to reach the GuideStar Silver level?

Answer: Here is some background info: It is helpful to download GuideStar Exchange levels benefits and requirements. Click here for recent info about the GuideStar Exchange program.

To answer your question, there are three requirements for GuideStar Silver level…

First, since the Silver level is about “financial information” for your nonprofit, you are required to provide an audited financial report OR GuideStar Basic Financial Statement. Many small to mid-size nonprofits do not have audited financials, so supplying the GuideStar Basic Financial Statement will suffice.

Second, your nonprofit confirms that financial information is up-to-date and accurate.

Third, you are required to complete the “basic information” of the Bronze level such as your nonprofit’s mission statement and agency profile.

To request permission to update a GuideStar nonprofit profile, click here. To learn the process for updated nonprofit profiles on GuideStar, click here.

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