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How do I make a donation to a nonprofit?

If you are a Greater Houston Community Foundation donor, you can make a grant recommendation from your Donor Advised Fund through your DonorXpress login. If you are a member of the general public, you can visit the nonprofit’s website via a link in their DonorHouston profile and make a donation directly to them. If the organization does not have a physical link to a donate page, they most likely have other donation information on the summary page of their DonorHouston profile.

What is DonorHouston?

DonorHouston is an online resource of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), created to inform, empower, and enrich charitable giving in the greater Houston area—benefitting donors, nonprofits, and the community at large. DonorHouston furthers the cause of philanthropy in our region by promoting nonprofit transparency and putting nonprofit information at the fingertips of community members in an easy-to-use, searchable online database. DonorHouston is FREE to nonprofits, GHCF donors, and public users.

What is the Greater Houston Community Foundation?

The Greater Houston Community Foundation is dedicated to expanding philanthropic impact with our donors. We support our donors with their philanthropy in a variety of ways — including custom solutions for even their most complex needs. We can work with donors to determine the best ways to donate complex assets such as land, businesses, and other types of property. We are a convener for leading philanthropists with a variety of programs and events based on donor interest. Our team serves as ongoing advisors and provides access to knowledge resources like DonorHouston, research, and a peer network of donors with similar interests.

What is a DonorHouston profile?

Today's donor wants accessible information in order to make strategic giving decisions. DonorHouston profiles are designed to offer a wealth of information so donors can give with confidence. On DonorHouston, you can FIND detailed programmatic, operational, and financial information on local nonprofits, and LEARN about emerging issues facing Houston-area communities.

Where does the information come from?

DonorHouston profile information is provided on a voluntary basis by area nonprofits. Profiles are updated at least once a year by the organization; if an organization lapses, their profile is marked as “Declined to Update.”

Does DonorHouston endorse organizations?

DonorHouston does not endorse or recommend nonprofit organizations.

What does the "Current" icon mean?

The “Current” icon indicates a nonprofit’s profile is complete and has been updated within the last year. If a nonprofit has not updated key required sections within the last year and a half, the profile is marked as “Declined to Update.”

What does the "Declined to Update" icon mean?

The "Declined to Update" icon indicates a nonprofit profile was not updated. We give organizations time to complete an annual update when the profile expires, but if the update is not complete within a year and a half of the last update, it will be marked "Declined to Update."

In order to have that icon removed, the profile must be updated.

I don't see a "Current" or "Declined to Update" icon. Why?

That's a great question! If a profile does not have the "Current" or "Declined to Update" icon, it means that profile is in progress.

Why are some nonprofits not included?

Communities of faith (churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.), public schools, and governmental organizations are not eligible to be profiled. However, PTO organizations, fundraising bodies, and some programs operated through communities of faith are eligible. If your favorite organization is missing, we welcome an opportunity to profile them in DonorHouston. Information on how to create a profile is available on the DonorHouston homepage.

What is GuideStar.org?

DonorHouston is powered by GuideStar. GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.9 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media. GuideStar is revolutionizing philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.