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Religion News Foundation Reaches Guidestar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results

NEW YORK – Religion News Foundation (RNF) today earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the largest source of information about U.S. nonprofits.

“In accordance with our belief in being transparent about our work,” said RNF CEO Deborah Caldwell, “we are excited to share RNF’s results in a user-friendly manner. By updating our GuideStar profile to the Platinum level, we’re sharing up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s audience – including donors, grant makers, our peers, and the media.”

To reach the Platinum level, RNF added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.

By providing this information, RNF continues to demonstrate its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate its performance.

“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” said Caldwell. “We’re thrilled that our GuideStar Platinum Nonprofit Profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate RNF’s exciting new initiatives.”


About Religion News Foundation
Religion News Foundation is a secular, educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. RNF advances religious literacy through websites, resources, networks, training workshops, events and other programs tailor-made for media professionals, corporate clients and the general public. RNF facilitates and encourages discourse about religion in a neutral and informative way without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or point of view. For more information, visit RNF here.

About Religion News Service
Religion News Service (RNS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Religion News Foundation. RNS is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. For more information, visit

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
In February 2019, GuideStar joined forces with Foundation Center to form Candid, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Today, GuideStar is a service of Candid. The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. The profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. Candid encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 13 million people who visit to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data, such as AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. To reach a given participation level, organizations must complete all required fields for that level. The GuideStar participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

About Candid
Every year, millions of nonprofits spend trillions of dollars around the world. Candid finds out where that money comes from, where it goes, and why it matters. Through research, collaboration, and training, Candid connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to do it. Candid’s data tools on nonprofits, foundations, and grants are the most comprehensive in the world. Find out more at and on Twitter @CandidDotOrg.

Deborah Caldwell
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