Lexington, Virginia — Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress SHECP is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.
“SHECP works diligently to maintain the highest standards of nonprofit transparency, and this is a testament to our continued efforts.” said SHECP Executive Director, Brett Morash, Ph.D.
To reach the Platinum level, SHECP added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic 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 taking the time to provide this information, SHECP has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate SHECP.
“GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency gives donors confidence that SHECP puts every donated dollar into work that really matters when preparing graduates for a lifetime of professional and civic efforts to diminish poverty and enhance human capability,” said SHECP Director of Development, Alana Abbott. “The Consortium has been able to achieve this with 25 diverse institutions of higher education committed to antipoverty work. The Consortium and member-colleges seek to serve as model for the future of higher education and the communities upon which it depends for the cultivation of active citizens.”
The Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP), a nonprofit promoting poverty studies programs in undergraduate and professional schools, supports a collaborative summer internship integrated with course-work and community engagement opportunities during the academic year. We seek to maintain and advance this unique interdisciplinary program of study with the purpose of enriching, not replacing, multiple student majors with a principally liberal arts preparation for many different professional and civic vocations.
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 8 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.