Faith-Based Fundraising

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 - 3:30 pm-4:45 pm Eastern Time

A GrantNewswatch Program

Click Here to Register for Live Program $79

Click Here to Register for Live Program and Receive Recording $119

Whether individuals, corporations, or foundations, the first point of entry for most donors to your organization is via a nonprofit watchdog site. From Charity Navigator to Guidestar to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), nonprofit performance and fiscal management are evaluated, scored, and rated. Thereby, your organization’s rating can have massive ramifications as to whether you receive a much-needed grant or successfully cultivate a long-sought after major donor. Furthermore, you better believe that if there are flaws in your nonprofit’s 990, these platforms will not provide you with a positive assessment!

Highlights Include:

  • An overview of the most popular nonprofit watchdog sites including Charity Navigator, Guidestar, the Better Business Bureau, and Charity Watch.
  • Why your charity rating matters
  • An in-depth review of the criteria that these agencies use – and key steps that you can easily take to improve your score.
  • How individual, corporate, and foundation donors specifically utilize your scores to evaluate whether or not to provide you with funding.
  • Immediate and long-term steps to address in order to improve how funders perceive and assess your organization’s 990.
  • How Guidestar awards its transparency seal, how Charity Navigator assesses four stars, how to achieve an A+ from BBB, and how to comprehensively boost your scores.
  • Understanding and reviewing all of the component topics included within key watchdog agencies’ assessments listed on their respective websites.

This 75 minute seminar includes a Q&A and discussion of strategic problem solving and Development How To’s.


Bill Edelstein is a consultant specializing in helping not-for-profits develop diversified revenue streams. He holds Advanced Degrees in Education and Not-for-Profit Development. His professional work is focused on Donor Relations and Fundraising. Bill is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

Bill Edelstein


I participated in the P2P webinar which, by the way, was amazing. Thanks for all the information you shared. - Elliot, Adcieo

Thank you Bill!! I enjoyed the presentation, in fact one of the best I have attended in some time. - Wendy, Ferris State University

A great Grant Writing Class 101! - Cheryl, Tulane University

Keep up the great work. Really glad I was able to join today. - Anna, Community Bridges

Thanks so much for an amazing Webinar.  So much info there.  I’ve already sent my notes to the fundraisers but I am glad they will be getting your recording! - Diana, St. Joseph Center

Thank you for your time and effort teaching this course – I am really enjoying participating with other ‘students’! - Liz, AFTD

GREAT CLASSES! - Karen, Chicago Urban League

I’d like to thank you once again for the great virtual facilitation and training sessions. You were patient, understanding, engaging, and checked in with us on our learning in several ways. I admit that this is a very busy time for me as it is reporting season so I wasn’t able to participate in the homework the way I would have liked. I was so grateful that I felt nothing but understanding from you and was able to learn so much from your sessions! - Clarinda, United Way of Central Minnesota

Thank you Bill. I found the course helpful because you provided a comprehensive overview of all the moving parts with grants management and specific resources to help. - Julia, Wings for Kids