Now our existing supporters as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world. Plus, we’ve provided fresh information to 200+ charitable websites and applications that use GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good.
One of our strategic goals as an organization is to fund all of our operations via the interest on the principle stored in a MI Freedom Center endowment fund. We need a fund balance on the order of $5M to do so at our current operating levels. We have $0 towards this balance today. In fact, our largest donation source continues to be our donation boxes found at our centers. These donations in conjunction with annual, large financial contributions from corporate donors such as Delta, Masco and Meritor plus sacrificial giving from our community partners and individual supporters help us to sustain our operations but not without monthly struggles to make ends meet. Large grants from Community Foundations, Donor-Advised Funds and other sources would change our fortunes and put us on much more stable financial ground. That is why this recognition from GuideStar is so important to our mission.
Be sure to share this great news with your friends and family members...especially those who serve on Community Foundations or who have Donor-Advised Funds! Check out our profile by clicking on the seal above and then please share the link.
One more tidbit before I go. I was just about to put out an announcement that we had received their Bronze Seal of Transparency thinking it would take a while to receive the Silver much less the Gold Seal. As it turns out, it didn't take much time at all!
Now on to Platinum!