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How to Earn a Gold Seal of Transparency
How to Earn a 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency
How to Earn a 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency
Share your financials and highlight your commitment to inclusivity to gain funders' trust and support.
Written by Robin Burdick
Updated over a week ago

The Candid Seals of Transparency on GuideStar help you demonstrate your transparency to potential funders and donors. Their updated look now fully reflects Candid’s organization-wide commitment to this work.

To earn the Gold Seal of Transparency, you must also complete the Bronze and Silver Seal requirements.

Required Gold Fields

  • Recent year (2021 or 2022) Financials: either upload an audited financial statement, or share your revenue, expenses, assets & liabilities (click here for full required list).

  • People: Name of Board Chair & Leader Demographics


Option #1: Upload an audited financial statement. The audited financial statement must be from within the past two years. 

  • Please do not upload a Form 990 in this section. Navigate to the Additional Docs section to do so.

  • Please limit files to 20mb.

  • If you are having trouble uploading, you may need to compress your file to a smaller size if larger than 20 MB. Here is a link to assist you

Don't have an audited financial statement? Not to worry! You have another option. 

Option #2: Manually fill in the following fields: Fiscal Year, Revenue Expenses, Expenses, and Assets & Liabilities. Check the box next to 'We prefer to enter our financial information manually' to access these fields. Financial information must be from within the past two years.

  • Not sure where to find this information? Grab your most recent Form 990 and look at the first two pages--everything should be there!


  • Board Chair: share your board chair’s name (required), company/organization, term dates, and LinkedIn

  • Board Members (optional): share the names of your other board members so donors can know who they are

  • Staff members (optional): share the names of your staff

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

Ask your organization’s leader to share their demographic information publicly.

  1. Leadership Demographics Information - How does your leader publicly self-identify?

  • Race and Ethnicity

  • Gender Identity 

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Disability Status

Best Practices:

  • Ask your leader directly – don’t guess

  • Don't know how to ask? Use the DEI Survey Guide

  • Tell them it will be public information via GuideStar

  • “Decline to state” is a valid option

Don’t forget to publish. Once you’re done – navigate to the Publish section and publish. Your profile will reflect your new information within 15-30 minutes.

To draft– save. Click the Save button at the bottom of the Gold section. You’ll learn if you missed any required fields and you’ll save. Your profile will not update until you publish.

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  • Most updates appear on our partner sites within 24-72 hours.

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