December 14, 2017
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation has earned the Platinum GuideStar nonprofit profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information about nonprofits.
By sharing information and metrics that highlight the progress the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is making toward its mission, the foundation is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios to more meaningful metrics.
“We have a longtime commitment to being transparent abou tour work, and are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visible way,” said Brain Aneurysm Foundation Executive Director Christine Buckley. “By updating our GuideStar nonprofit profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience.”
To reach Platinum level, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation added extensive information to its profile on GuideStar. This included 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, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is demonstrating its commitment to transparency and to giving existing and potential donors meaningful data with which to evaluate the foundation.
“We take pride in the work we do on behalf of all those affected by brain aneurysms, and are eager to share our accomplishments and progress with as many people as possible in the most transparent, accessible way,” said Ms. Buckley. “We believe that the more people who know about our mission and how we allocate our resources, the better.” For example, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation’s Platinum profile includes metrics from 2014-2017 such as the number of new and retained donors, the number of unique and return website visitors, and the amount of grants it has awarded to research scientists from funds raised exclusively from private donors.
“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” said Ms. Buckley. “We’re pleased that our GuideStar Platinum nonprofit profile will help us better communicate our organization’s exciting initiatives to a global audience.”
ABOUT THE BRAIN ANEURYSM FOUNDATION
Founded in Boston and now based in Hanover, Massachusetts, the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is the globally recognized leader in brain aneurysm awareness, education, support, advocacy, and research funding.
The foundation’s mission is to provide information about and raise awareness of the symptoms and risk factors of brain aneurysms to prevent ruptures and subsequent death and disability; work with medical communities to provide support networks for patients and families; and advance research to improve patients’ outcomes and save lives.
Established in 1994, the foundation is led by Executive Director Christine Buckley and has a Medical Advisory Board that comprises more than 30 of the nation’s foremost aneurysm experts — neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional neuroradiologists, and other brain aneurysm specialists — from the country’s leading hospitals and universities. For more information about the BrainAneurysm Foundation, visit bafound.org.
About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar 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 eight million people who visit GuideStar 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. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation 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.
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