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Going for Gold… Or Even Platinum

May 12, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Candid, formerly GuideStar, is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. This information advances transparency, enables donors to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving.

Candid provides information on every nonprofit registered with the IRS. The information comes from several sources: nonprofit organizations themselves; the federal government; and partners in the nonprofit sector. The focus of this program is how you can collect and provide information about your organization to achieve the highest “seal of transparency”.  There are four levels/seals: bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

We will also discuss nonprofit profiles on Charity Navigator and Great Nonprofits.

Attention small nonprofits:
When you earn a 2022 Gold Seal from Candid, receive FREE access to Foundation Directory Essential- a resource that helps you win more grants!*
*For nonprofits with a budget under $500,000

Program requirements: This will be a hands-on program. In advance of the program, we recommend that participants:

      • Create a personal account with Candid/Guidestar.
      • Create your account using an email address associated with your organization. Candid highly recommends this as this may grant you immediate access to your profile once you submit your request to claim.
      • Bring a laptop with Wi-Fi this to the meeting, if possible, so you can update your organization’s profile during the program.
      • Download Candid’s Levels Standards Sheet

Information about your nonprofit to have on hand:

      • Your organization’s Federal EIN (Tax ID) number
      • Contact information for people within your organization
        • Primary contact (please use organization email)
        • Fundraising contact
        • Organization leader (e.g., Executive Director)
        • Board Member information
          • Name, Company, LinkedIn URL and Term Dates of Officers
        • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Data
        • Mission Statement
        • Description of programs and target populations
        • Financial Information for Organization
          • audited financial statements and/or latest 990

Will Anzenberger – JD/MBA, CFRE

Will is the Development Manager at Valley Humane Society. With more than 10 years of experience as a non-profit fundraiser, primarily with animal welfare organizations, he is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) as well as a licensed attorney in California.

Will has served as a panelist for local chapters of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), speaking on topics such as donor advised funds, pet trusts and working with a donor’s estate planning team. He is a member of the National Association Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) as well as AFP.

With a focus on major gifts and planned giving, Will works on developing long-lasting relationships with donors looking to make the biggest impact with their philanthropy. Prior to his work as a fundraiser, he worked as a General Counsel to a professional basketball league as well as a Licensing Manager to a company that owned all the rights to the character Zorro.

Will and one of his French bulldog rescues, volunteer as part of Valley Humane Society’s Canine Comfort Team. Will serves on the Board of a nonprofit, HeARTs Speak, which provides support to animal shelters seeking to write better pet stories and take better pictures.

Denise Bridges

Denise oversees fundraising and donor relations for Open Heart Kitchen, a food assistance agency serving the Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton. Denise has 15 years of experience in fundraising, marketing and event planning for various nonprofits including The Health Trust, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund and Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Most recently, she was the development officer at the Bankhead Theater which holds more than 300 events year-round. Denise was responsible for sponsorships, grants, and major gifts.

Denise is most proud of founding a series of nine free cultural arts events on the Bankhead Plaza which began with the Filipino Barrio Fiesta. In addition to arts education and food justice, Denise is passionate about empowering youth leaders and championing women’s issues. She currently serves on the board of Tri-Valley Haven and is a member of the Development Executives Roundtable and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate chapter.


May 12, 2022
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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CommonPoint Nonprofit Center
164 N L Streeet
Livermore, CA 94550
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