Monthly Archives: July 2017

GuideStar is not guiding at all

July 10, 2017

By Bob Cox

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.


Several years ago I began using information that I obtained through a non-profit tracker called GuideStar. They make a lot of information available on organizations that fall under our tax laws as tax-exempt because of their non-profit status. The most common of these organizations fall under the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c) (3). Under the laws the non-profits must file a tax form known at the IRS Form 990, which requires information as to who is paid what and how funds are dispersed

Those organizations filing under the 501 (c) (3) rule are supposed to be held to a very strict standard as to how much they can be involved in political activities. It has been my contention for many years that many of these organizations cheat on the requirements. I wrote several editorials about certain non-profits that I deemed to be nothing more than thinly veiled political activist organizations and I depended on the information I obtained from GuideStar.

Recently I became aware of GuideStar beginning to label certain non-profits as “hate groups.” More information on that has become available in the last several days and it looks as though all of these so-called hate groups seem to lean toward the conservative side of things.

I am not naive enough to tell you that there are no conservative-leaning non-profits nor are they all different in that they bend the tax laws to their own benefit. What I will say is that GuideStar has no business putting the “hate group” designation on anyone, and especially when they themselves are showing an extreme bias.

Jacob Harold, the president of GuideStar is showing us all that he is a political activist. That makes me wonder about the information from GuideStar that I have been dependent upon. I start to wonder why there are some groups who do not seem to have their 990s available on a timely basis. Is that incompetency on the part of the non-profit or their accountants or is it because someone at GuideStar is holding the information back? I am not accusing either way, but rather pointing out that GuideStar’s actions have caused me some doubt, and that cannot be good. I have also noted with interest that others are becoming vocal about GuideStar’s obvious liberal bias. I have always been uncomfortable about GuideStar being so closely associated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, now I can justify that lack of comfort.

GuideStar has, as near as I can find out, declared more than two dozen non-profits as hate groups. None of them even come close to being on the liberal side of things. The message: Conservatives bad, liberals good.

Remember, I only send out these missives to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.




© Robert R. Cox 2017