DAP HEALTH ACHIEVES GUIDESTAR GOLD STATUS
August 22, 2022
DAP Health was recently awarded a gold star rating by GuideStar, the information clearinghouse that specializes in reporting on non-profit organizations. Less than 5% of non-profits registered with GuideStar have achieved this ranking.
GuideStar maintains a database of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized non-profits in the United States. By tracking financial information, key leadership, and a series of other metrics including demographics on diversity, equity, and inclusion, it allows potential funders to thoroughly research any non-profit to see if it aligns with their charitable objectives. It also gives the non-profit the opportunity to demonstrate their level of transparency.
By making the organization’s information easily accessible, DAP Health can define its mission, goals, and strategy to a broader range of new funding sources. For businesses and foundations looking to invest their grant dollars in responsible non-profits, GuideStar is a necessary tool to help them make informed decisions on where to put their designated charitable funds.
“It’s recognition of the work we’ve done to be transparent,” said David Brinkman, CEO of DAP Health. “It shows funders – from institutions to individuals – that integrity is paramount in everything we do.”
The gold star rating lets DAP Health expand its ability to reach out to new funding sources including corporations, family foundations, and donors. It shows existing as well as possible new funders that the organization is fiscally responsible, well-run, and responsive not only to its clientele but to its grantors as well.
“It means that we've become an even better investment,” said. Bill VanHemert, director of institutional giving. “The agency is fiscally stable and secure, and it has been in the field for over a number of years.”
With this designation, DAP Health can also attract like-minded employees who share its values and want to expand its mission of providing compassionate and equitable care for the community. Prospective employees can get a better understanding of DAP Health’s ideology and how the organization operates.
“When we have an open position and are looking for any type of clinician or for leadership positions, by them seeing [the gold star badge], when they go to our website and look for careers, they can say, ‘Oh, they're a gold star...They're a good investment, even to work for,’” said VanHermet.
To see DAP Health’s GuideStar profile, visit guidestar.org.