GuideStar Misguides Nonprofit Donors with SPLC “Hate Group” Label

Jun 22, 2017

Forty-one nonprofit organizations sent a letter to GuideStar yesterday to express strong disagreement with its newly implemented policy that labels 46 American organizations as “hate groups” based on determinations made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

GuideStar’s website states it is the “world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.” It further claims “we gather and disseminate information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. We provide as much information as we can about each nonprofit's mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.”

However, GuideStar is using the SPLC false and dangerous “hate group” designation by placing its logo and rhetoric, which states “This organization was flagged as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center,” on the top of the 46 nonprofit pages. 

Jacob Harold, GuideStar’s president and chief executive officer, also appears to follow a liberal activist ideology like the SPLC. According to his bio, Harold has written extensively on climate change and has further training from Green Corps in grassroots organizing. He has also worked for Rainforest Action Network, Greenpeace USA and Citizen Works. In addition, Harold’s twitter account shows he is a climate change advocate, and he retweeted a GuideStar-published piece that uses pro-LGBT and pro-transgender language. Harold was a host for a NARAL Pro-Choice D.C. men’s event in 2014, and he blogged for Huffington Post. He also donated to the Obama campaign in 2011 before joining GuideStar in 2012. His wife is also a pro-abortion advocate. Harold tweeted a picture of himself at the so-called “Women’s March” in January 2017, holding a protest sign obviously directed against President Donald Trump. This march overtly promoted abortion. 

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