Combined Arms Reaches GuideStar's Highest Seal of Transparency


Platinum Seal allows donors to focus on progress and results 

Combined Arms today earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency,  the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics  that highlight progress Combined Arms is making toward its mission,  the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation  such as overhead ratios. 

"In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said John Boerstler, Combined Arms CEO, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results  in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. 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,  which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media." 

To reach the Platinum level, Combined Arms 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, Combined Arms has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders  meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance. 

View Combined Arms profile on GuideStar here.

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.