Mission & Vision


Publication: 2012-12-22


Our theory of change is that expert-driven recommendations have tremendous potential to improve the pace of social change ...

How We Measure Success -- We look at: * Number and quality of experts participating in research * Number of donors using Philanthropedia and our data * Amount of donations to expert recommended nonprofits * Lively public discussions about impact * Nonprofits improvements based on feedback Through independent research, Philanthropedia has leveraged the wisdom of 3012 experts to provide reviews on 560 top nonprofits across 36 causes.


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Philanthropedia is a division of GuideStar, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization


  • Donors

  • Experts

  • Nonprofits

  • Erinn AndrewsSenior Director, Nonprofit Strategy -- Erinn Andrews has a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University's School of Education in the Policy, Organization, & Leadership Studies program. She was on the leadership team for the Graduate School of Business Education Club and a Social Chair Representative for the School of Education Guild. Prior to graduate school, Erinn worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Stanford University as the Assistant Director where she managed 73 international territories, reading, evaluating, and supporting recommendations on more than 2,500 freshman applications. Erinn completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History with honors. Formerly, the Chief Operating Officer for Philanthropedia, Erinn started out at GuideStar as the Director of Data, Research, and Partner Relationships from February 2011 - May 2012. In this capacity, she oversaw the Philanthropedia research, identified new data partners for GuideStar, managed the relationships with GuideStar's current external partners, and managed the TakeAction component of GuideStar's site. Now, she is the Senior Director, Nonprofit Strategy assuming all former roles and also developing the strategy for and overseeing the GuideStar Exchange program, GuideStar's primary initiative to engage nonprofits. She is also Product Manager for the Research and Development team and Product Owner of the Education@GuideStar product.

  • Jasmine MarrowManager of Philanthropedia Research at GuideStar -- Jasmine Marrow has her Master of Public Policy from Mills College in Oakland, CA where she also earned her Bachelor's degree. Prior to her work at Philanthropedia, Jasmine spent time as Communications and Operations Coordinator at Great Oakland Public Schools, an education advocacy nonprofit. At the San Francisco Parks Trust, an urban greening nonprofit, she recruited volunteers, developed membership strategies, and connected with community members building community gardens. Jasmine is the Manager of Philanthropedia Research at GuideStar. She is charged with leading Philanthropedia's research efforts. She will develop the strategy for continued growth into new causes, rerun old causes, and international expansion. She is also responsible for recruiting and managing interns helping with this effort.

  • Nikolay KazminProduct Development Engineer -- Nikolay Kazmin has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany and a Masters degree in Software Engineering from ETH Zurich. Nikolay has more than seven years experience in software development and two years in web applications development. He is a founding member of team 2x, a technology startup that has built various web products in use by thousands today. Nikolay's passion is solving real world problems with the help of technology.

  • Petar DobrevProduct Development Engineer -- Petar Dobrev has a Master of Science in Computer Science from Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. He helps coordinating product development in the team, setting up server environments and implementing product features. He has been actively involved in an internet startup for visual collaboration and two open source projects - Yoper Linux (a linux distribution) and Orbited (real-time communication for the browser). Petar is also interested in computer graphics and scientific visualization research and has co-authored publications. He also holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Jacobs University.