Boston Foundation launches nonprofit information website
A web-based service launched on Wednesday is designed to help potential donors navigate the world of charitable organizations in the Massachusetts, to inform decisions about where and how to make contributions.
With more than 23,000 nonprofits in the state, according to the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Giving Common offers profiles of 300 charities to allow “donors to discover, learn about, and donate to local nonprofits,” according to the nonprofit philanthropy Boston Foundation, which established the website.
“The Giving Common makes a valuable contribution to enhancing the transparency of information about non-profits,” Coakley said in a statement.
The site is designed to expand, offering more profiles of nonprofits as organizations become aware of the initiative. Leaders of nonprofits can create a profile for their nonprofit for free by logging into the website.
Organizations that register a profile with the site by August 1 will be eligible to receive grants from the Boston Foundation as a part of its Giving Common Challenge, a 36-hour fundraising effort scheduled for Oct. 10.
The service is powered by the nonprofit research organization Guidestar.