Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Candid

See the world. Make it better.

aka The Foundation Center, Foundation Center, GuideStar, GuideStar USA

New York, NY

Mission

Candid gets you the information you need to do good.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Foundation Center was the largest source of information about philanthropy globally, and GuideStar was the largest source of information on U.S. nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the two organizations joined forces to become Candid, enabling us to enhance the services we offer to the millions of people who rely on us to help them make the world a better place. Please note, while we integrate operations, this profile will continue to maintain data on Foundation Center’s financials, annual reports, and organization demographics. For information on GuideStar’s financials and organization demographics, please visit GuideStar’s legacy profile (EIN: 54-1774039). As we integrate operations, we will carry on our mission-driven work, including our core services. Our current programs reflect the programs of both Foundation Center and GuideStar. As we come to the end of our 2020 strategic plan, we are working towards developing our new priorities and strategies.

Ruling Year

1957

President

Mr. Bradford K. Smith

Main Address

32 Old Slip 24th Floor

New York, NY 10005 USA

Keywords

philanthropy, data, transparency, capacity building, research, education, foundations, foundation, charitable giving, data driven decisions, nonprofits, transparency, nonprofit sector, organizational effectiveness, organizational efficiency, nonprofit information hub, Forms 990, GuideStar, Foundation Center

EIN

13-1837418

 Number

7128524714

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Now more than ever, open access to timely, nonpartisan data and intelligence is critical to the ability to solve increasingly complex social issues. Our field needs a data-driven institution with the scale to support and advance the work of social sector stakeholders as we traverse a period of closing political space, technological upheaval, and global opportunity.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Knowledge Tools

Data Tools

Grantseeker Tools

Training

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of organizations you can find on GuideStar

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of organizations who share enough information to earn a Seal of Transparency on GuideStar

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No target populations selected

Number of unique website visitors on GuideStar

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No target populations selected

Number of unique website visitors on all Foundation Center Web Properties, including GrantSpace, GrantCraft, Philanthropy News Digest, and Glasspockets

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of Grants Coded

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of Funding Information Network Partners

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of research reports and white papers available on IssueLab.org

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

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No target populations selected

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Candid provides trusted information, data-driven tools, research, analysis, best practices, and trainings to help the social sector increase its ability to affect change and transform lives. Foundation Center and GuideStar represented the world’s largest repositories of trusted historical and present-day information on nonprofits, foundations, and the capital flows that bind them. As Candid, we aim to create the future of data, information, and knowledge for the social sector. As we integrate operations, we will carry on our mission-driven work, including the core Foundation Center and GuideStar services that our users rely on. As Candid, we will work to enhance the services we offer to the millions of people who rely on us to help them make the world a better place.

Candid will develop a new generation of products and services that are technologically sophisticated and designed to champion the causes, organizations, and knowledge that power civil society worldwide. We will leverage our shared stores of talent, data, indicators, research, news, and capacity-building resources to improve philanthropic systems and practices in the U.S. and around the world, and will enable knowledge sharing with the potential to transform how civil society and the social sector learns and improves. As we integrate operations, we will continue the core work of both Foundation Center and GuideStar while using our combined expertise to amplify our impact. We will continue to learn from one one another and those we serve to determine how to improve our offerings and provide tools that will help nonprofits, foundations, giving platforms, and other social sector stakeholders achieve their missions.

With more than 80 years of collective experience supporting the social sector, Candid has the combined staff expertise, organizational capacity, and leadership to provide new resources and services for those in the social sector and beyond. We are fortunate to have a staff of 200+ dedicated professionals skilled in building tools and delivering services to nonprofits, foundations, professionals, and individuals; stable financials and a plan for continued sustainability; an engaged board of directors from a wide variety of disciplines; and a large group of committed funders. Our staff leadership has a long track record of expanding our service to the field, often by capitalizing on new technologies. By developing the skills and knowledge base of our staff, we ensure that we can continue to innovate, and effectively identify and meet needs in the sector as they arise. Candid’s combined history of serving nonprofits, grantmakers, researchers, and do-gooders of all kinds provides us with a unique insight into the the evolving needs of the social sector. These insights help us shape our offerings and ensure that we keep our finger on the pulse of what our users need to help them do good. We have long held that increasing transparency in our sector would increase its effectiveness, and that democratizing access to critical data, knowledge, and tools would level the playing field for those working to improve their communities and champion their causes. The combination of a trusted history of providing non-partisan data and knowledge and the ability to create cutting edge technology to propel the social sector forward give us a unique vantage point from which to serve those who are working to build a better world.

Candid works to ensure that our programs and services align with our overarching mission and goals. Each year, we create an organizational work plan, set our tactical organizational performance objectives by prioritizing key projects, and evaluate our progress against the implementation plan. GuideStar and Foundation Center’s 2018 key indicators can be found in the Programs and Results section of our profile. In addition, we seek to constantly engage in the processes of listening to our social sector audience, and use what we learn to respond with innovative ideas, prototypes, and products and services. Our audience includes nonprofits, grantmakers, visitors, training and webinar participants, and customers, as well as our own staff. We continually apply the knowledge that we gain throughout the year to increase our relevance and value to our service recipients. While we use analytics to track users of our online resources, and monitor attendees at our classes, programs, and libraries, we increasingly connect with our users to learn how our work is benefiting them through surveys and testimonials.

Candid was formed in 2019 with the integration of Foundation Center and GuideStar. The guiding work and missions of Foundation Center and GuideStar were complementary, and we collaborated over the years on data processing efficiencies, data standards for the social sector, and the development of a registry of unique identification numbers for nonprofits globally. We have helped each other maintain data standards and protect the integrity of the data that we collect. For example, one of our most recent collaborations included building the Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities (BRIDGE). BRIDGE numbers help the social sector discover what other data exists, integrate data systems, and ensure that nonprofits and service organizations are discoverable. Both organizations have made great strides in advancing the social sector, and we look forward to the exciting year that lies ahead.

External Reviews

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We use other methods to support diversity