Frequently Asked Questions

What is GuideStar?

Nonprofit Search is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on programs and financials of more than 1.7 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grant makers, government officials, academic research and the media. The website receives more than 10 million visitors a year.

What is Nonprofit Search?

Nonprofit Search provides access to in-depth information about area nonprofits, including financial, governance and programmatic details. Powered by GuideStar, and supported by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation staff, the database is the largest collection of Kansas City area nonprofits available.

Where does the information come from?

Profile narrative information is voluntarily provided by nonprofits. The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation reviews the information including financial data. The Community Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of that data, make any representation or warranties with regarding to nonprofits in the database, or verify they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements.

Information provided in the financial charts and graphs is entered by Community Foundation staff. The Community Foundation reviews the IRS Form 990, audits and other financial documents provided by the nonprofits. A nonprofit Executive Director/CEO has an opportunity to comment in the financial section. The comments can be helpful in understanding nuanced financial trends and changes within an organization.

Does the Community Foundation endorse organizations?

The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

Can I print a Nonprofit Search profile?

Yes, visit any public nonprofit profile on Nonprofit Search and click the “View Printable Profile” or “View Printable Summary” links to create a printer-friendly PDF file of the nonprofit’s profile. The printable profile can easily be saved, shared or printed with the click of a button.

Why are there fields that I cannot edit in my Nonprofit Search profile?

Some fields are only editable by Community Foundation staff. These fields include the Employee Identification Number (EIN), year of incorporation and the grant address. Community Foundation staff can also delete financial documents from the Financials page of the profile. Email if you need assistance with any of these fields or documents.

How do I submit changes so they can be reviewed and published by the Community Foundation?

After editing the profile, choose the “Review Changes to Publish or Send Back” button followed by the “Send to Community Foundation” button. By choosing the “Send to Community Foundation” button, your changes will be placed in a queue that is reviewed by Community Foundation staff. It is our policy to review and publish profile changes in the order they are submitted. Changes are generally published within two business days of submission. Publishing times may vary depending on the volume of profiles to be reviewed. Financial reviews are typically published within two weeks of form submission.