For Donors

What is The Giving Marketplace?

The Giving Marketplace provides access to in-depth information about area nonprofits, including financial, governance and programmatic details. Powered by GuideStar, and supported by the Community Foundation staff, the database is the largest collection of Lowcountry nonprofits available.

This powerful philanthropic tool is a resource for nonprofits, donors, funders or anyone interested in the essential services provided by our vibrant nonprofit community. Through this site, visitors will be able to access information and make credit card contributions to local nonprofit organizations. All services are completely free to the public and to participating nonprofits.

What is GuideStar?

GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving.

GuideStar connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. They serve a wide audience including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers and the media.


What is a nonprofit profile?

Today’s donor wants accessible information in order to make strategic giving decisions. The Giving Marketplace profiles are designed to offer a wealth of knowledge so you can give with confidence. You will find everything from contact information to financial charts to details about programs. The information is self-reported by area nonprofits. The Community Foundation staff confirms that the minimum fields are complete and reviews financial data to ensure consistent presentation. Profiles are required to be updated at least annually.

What does the "Reviewed" icon mean?

This means that the nonprofit organization has a complete profile. All of the required fields have been completed and the organization has provided all of the relevant financial information. Profiles have to be updated annually to remain current.

What does it mean if an organization does not have the Reviewed icon?

Newly-formed charitable organizations that do not have at least a 2-year operating history may have profiles on The Giving Marketplace. In addition to program and board information, The Community Foundation relies on the organization’s application for tax exemption to the IRS (Form 1023). These organizations are not assigned the Reviewed Icon until such time as their financial practices can be documented.

Does the Community Foundation guarantee the accuracy of data?

The narrative information in each profile is voluntarily provided by the nonprofit. The Giving Marketplace does not guarantee the accuracy of any such data, make any representations or warranties with regard to nonprofits in the database, or verify they are in compliance with all state and federal requirements. However, we will seek to include the most accurate data available through document verification and a due diligence process.

Why are some nonprofits not included?

The Giving Marketplace contains profiles of 501(c)(3) public charities in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, specifically Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. The database does not contain profiles for religious organizations operating for religious purposes (i.e. churches, synagogues, mosques nor does it contain profiles for colleges/universities, government agencies or schools). If your favorite organization is missing, we welcome the opportunity to assist them in creating a profile. Get started here.


Is my information protected when giving through The Giving Marketplace?

All communications initiated by donations are transmitted via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). The SSL protocol is the industry standard method for creating an encrypted, secure connection between your web browser and a web server.

What fees are associated with donations made through The Giving Marketplace?

Fees associated with The Giving Marketplace are assessed by third-party vendors and are absorbed by the Community Foundation.