Benefits of Using GuideStar for Grant Applications

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Written by Brita Whisler

Last published at: September 10th, 2019

Why you should use GuideStar for Grant Applications:

  • Ease of applying for applicants
    • GuideStar database fields will automatically populate into Foundant GuideStar for Grant Applications fields. 
  • To put yourself in a position to utilize future GuideStar for Grant Applications features and updates in your Foundant GLM system
  • To help enrich the philanthropic community by asking your applicants to keep their GuideStar profiles up-to-date


Why you might not use GuideStar for Grant Applications Fields:

  • Your applicants may not have GuideStar profiles
  • You may not ask any of the GuideStar for Grant Applications fields in your application
  • The GuideStar data could be out of date
    • Only Bronze, Silver and Gold level GS user are required to update their profiles
    • Even they are only required to update the data every two years
  • The GuideStar field may not allow you to collect the data in the desired field type.
    • For example: You may want to collect the “Geographic Area Served” with a pre-populated drop list. However, if you use the GuideStar for Grant Applications field “Geographic Area Served” you can only collect the answer in a text area format.