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GuideStar Europe: GuideStar Europe: a trans-national information system for European civil society

GuideStar Europe is an online network of national GuideStar systems that provide access to highly searchable catalogues of reports on all civil society organisations (CSOs) operating in a variety of European countries. GuideStar systems enable organisations to communicate their work effectively and easily to national and international audiences. The information provided by a GuideStar system has a large and varied audience: Grantmakers and individual donors can identify organizations whose work matches their own values and objectives. Regulators can identify, track and compare CSOs and promote improved reporting and best practices. A GuideStar system will also help streamline the acquisition of this information whilst reducing the reporting burden for CSOs. Researchers and policy makers can track trends in philanthropy and CSO services and build a core database of national civil society statistical analysis and understanding. Third Party Service Providers, such as online giving systems and accreditation agencies value GuideStar information as it helps them identify and compare CSOs and supports the growth of and public confidence in philanthropy. For CSOs, a GuideStar system increases their visibility, establishes their transparency and encourages accountability. Information on CSOs will come from a variety of sources across the participating countries, including existing databases and any available public documents. In addition, CSOs will have the opportunity to report directly to each system via an online reporting form. This open and inclusive network will give all CSOs, regardless of size, the opportunity to promote their work via the Internet. These national GuideStar systems use the Global Common Technology Platform hosted and managed by Civil Society Systems, a UK-based charity. The Platform allows each country to customize its own Web interface rapidly and at no up-front cost. Variations in national language, the nature a [truncated]

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JUNGER Jean-François


UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +44 845 3455409
Fax. +44 845 4584740

Participants

Coordinator: MAECENATA INSTITUT FUER PHILANTHROPIE UND ZIVILGESELLSCHAFT GEMEINNUETZIGE GMBH, GERMANY

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
MAECENATA INSTITUT FUER PHILANTHROPIE UND ZIVILGESELLSCHAFT GEMEINNUETZIGE GMBH GERMANY
GUIDESTAR INTERNATIONAL UNITED KINGDOM
DEUTSCHES ZENTRALINSTITUT FUER SOZIALE FRAGEN GERMANY

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