If your nonprofit’s annual revenue or expenses total less than $1M and you earn a Gold Seal of Transparency or higher, you can receive a free year of access to Foundation Directory Essential through Candid’s Go for the Gold promotion.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Update your nonprofit profile to earn a 2022 Gold Seal

Step 2: Contact GoForGold@candid.org with your organization's name and EIN number to receive a special coupon code for Foundation Directory Online Essential

Step 3: Subscribe to Foundation Directory Online Essential and enter your coupon code at checkout to get access to your complimentary annual subscription

(Please note: you must use a credit card in order to redeem the coupon, do not choose "check option" as the payment method.)

Update your nonprofit profile today to take advantage of this special offer.

Candid is committed to helping small nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals. Pairing your profile with a Foundation Directory Online subscription enables you to easily identify, connect, and establish relationships with funders to secure the grants you need to succeed. Earn your Gold Seal today to maximize your fundraising potential.

Need help earning your Seal? Visit our handy help guide.

Frequently asked questions

Is my nonprofit eligible?

To qualify for the Go for the Gold promotion you must be authorized to provide information about a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose annual revenue or expenses is less than one million dollars and earn, at minimum, a Gold Transparency Seal between February 22 and December 31, 2022

How do I earn a 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency?

Earning a Seal is quick and easy! Simply, upload your nonprofit’s Board Chair name, leadership demographics, and audited financial report or basic financial details.

Seals are earned in sequential order. You must earn Bronze and Silver prior to earning Gold.

(Note: The 990 does not qualify in place of an actual Audited Financial. If you do not have an Audit, you can fill out the section where you manually add the Revenue, Expenses, the Assets and Liabilities for 2020 or 2021.)

Why should I earn a 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency?

Seals give funders insights into your organization, enabling educated grant giving decisions. Potential donors are actively seeking diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) information, earn a Gold Seal to provide it and demonstrate your commitment to transparency.

Research also links earning a Seal of Transparency to a 53% increase in contributions for nonprofits.

What happens after I earn my Seal?

Eligible nonprofits who earn a 2022 Gold Seal within the promotion effective dates need to email GoForGold@candid.org for a coupon code. Once you have coupon code you need to subscribe to Foundation Directory Online Essential and enter your code at checkout to get access to your complimentary annual subscription.

What is Foundation Directory Online?

Foundation Directory Online is a premier grant seeking tool that provides the most exhaustive and up-to-date knowledge and insight on the social sector to fuel any fundraising mission. With Foundation Directory Online, you can put Candid's extraordinary resource and fundraising expertise to work for your organization, project, or client, while uncovering information on all 240,000+ U.S. Foundations. It's the smartest, fastest way to win more funding.

Terms and Conditions

Eligibility requirements

  • To qualify for the Go for the Gold promotion you must be authorized to provide information about a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose annual revenue or expenses is less than one million dollars and earn, at minimum, a Gold Seal of Transparency between February 22 and December 31, 2022.

  • Once you have received your seal, email goforgold@candid.org for a coupon code that will activate your complimentary Foundation Directory Essential annual, single seat subscription. Coupons are for new subscribers only, one-time use and are non-transferrable.

  • Credit card will be required to process 100% off discount.

  • At the end of the introductory one-year term, your subscription will auto-renew unless you cancel it prior to your renewal date.

  • This promotion is available for a limited time only. Offer must be claimed by January 31, 2023.

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