Teen Lifeline Earns Highest GuideStar Seal of Transparency
Friday, April 26, 2019
Posted by: Jessica Gonzalez
GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, has awarded Arizona-based Teen Lifeline with its highest level of recognition, the 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency.
The GuideStar platform contains a profile for each of the more than 1.8 million nonprofit organizations registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Only those with the highest level of transparency about how funds are used and how effective the organization is in meeting its goals are awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency.
“The GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency verifies our ongoing commitment to making an impact in our community,” says Teen Lifeline Executive Director Michelle Moorhead, “it is important to us that Teen Lifeline ranks among the most transparent, mission-driven nonprofits in the country.”
Donors rely on the GuideStar Seals to gain confidence in an organization’s fiscal governance, program systems and community impact. Determinations about which of the four levels of Seal a nonprofit earns, if any, are based on reviews of community impact and financial statements over a minimum of three years.
“We have one goal at Teen Lifeline: to prevent teen suicide in Arizona,” says Moorhead. “The donations we receive are used to further the life-saving work we accomplish through our 24/7/365 peer counseling crisis hotline, school prevention programs and life skills development among teens.”
Demand for Teen Lifeline services has grown substantially during the past three years. Calls to its teen suicide hotline have increased more than 25 percent since 2016. In addition, prevention education and outreach services provided by Teen Lifeline served more than 330,000 adolescents, parents and educators in 2018, nearly five times the 70,000 people served in 2016.
GuideStar relies on information provided by the Internal Revenue Service and the nonprofits themselves to rank the organizations based on their transparency with donors.
To reach the GuideStar Platinum level, Teen Lifeline provided GuideStar with extensive documentation, including in-depth financial reports; qualitative explanations of its goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission.
Learn more about Teen Lifeline, its mission and the results of the organization’s efforts at guidestar.org or teenlifeline.org.
About Teen Lifeline
Teen Lifeline is an Arizona-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent teen suicide by enhancing residency in youth and fostering supportive communities. We envision a world where youth possesses a sense of connectedness and hope for their future. Teen Lifeline strives to impact the devastating problem of teen suicide and empower youths to make healthy decisions through its peer-to-peer crisis hotline and text messaging service, Life Skills Development Training for teen volunteers, and Community Education, Prevention and Postvention services.
Established in 1986, Teen Lifeline is accredited through the American Association of Suicidology. Trained, volunteer peer counselors between the ages of 15-19 answered more than 23,000 calls and 1,400 text messages from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily in 2018.
For more information, visit TeenLifeline.org. For help, call or text Teen Lifeline at (602) 248-TEEN (8336) or (800) 248-TEEN.
About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar 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 10 million people who visit GuideStar 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. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation 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.
GuideStar, guidestar.org, is the world’s largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with data on 2.7 million current and formerly IRS-recognized nonprofits. Each year, more than 10 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar data to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles are populated with information directly from nonprofits, the IRS, and other partners in the nonprofit sector. The Seal levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are earned by nonprofits providing specific information to their profiles.
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