Expertise on Demand

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Philanthropedia’s Expertise on Demand connects donors with leading experts in the nonprofit sector, so donors can make a more informed giving decision.
Expertise on Demand is a service that acts as a trusted intermediary connecting major donors, philanthropy advisors, and foundations with experts who can help fill knowledge gaps quickly and efficiently and channel more money to high-impact nonprofits and projects.
Now a privilege of GuideStar Membership Programs, members can send us the question they would like to ask an expert. We then search our database of thousands of experts to find a good match, ultimately connecting the donor with the expert via a phone call.

1. Become a GuideStar Member
In addition the Expertise on Demand service, GuideStar Membership Programs, offer elite privileges and a strong, reciprocal relationship with GuideStar!
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2. Submit your question
Have a question about which nonprofit to support or how you can plan your giving strategy? Submit a question related to your philanthropic goals here, and we will try to find an expert who matches your needs!
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3. We find an expert match for you
We will try to match an expert who meets your needs by searching through our database of more than 2,100 experts with an average of 17 years of experience. View our experts here.
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4. Expert confirms
We will contact the best-fit expert to answer your question.
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5. Connect with expert over phone
We will schedule a 30 minute phone call at a time that works for both of you. We ask both the expert and the user to fill out a short evaluation form after the conversation so we can improve our service.



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Who is this service for and how would they use it?

This service has been developed for donors (individual or institutional) and their philanthropic advisors. It is now offered as a privilege of GuideStar Membership Programs, Members may contact us because they want to learn more about a charitable cause they care about as they decide where to make a donation.

How much does this service cost?

Expertise on Demand is included in GuideStar Membership. Members are, however, asked to complete a brief evaluation form after they speak with an expert.

What benefit does the expert receive from participating?

By participating in our expert network, experts have the opportunity to interact with donors of all levels and therefore have the potential to influence the flow of donations in their respective sectors.

How much time is an expert expected to devote to this service?

As a general policy, we will not contact an expert more than once per month with a request for a 30 minute phone call with a donor. However, the expert can request to be contacted more or less frequently. Experts always have the right to decline a request for a meeting .

What is the expectation for an expert to participate?

As a general policy, we will not contact an expert more than once per month with a request for a 30-minute phone call with a donor. The expert, however, can request to be contacted more or less frequently. Experts always have the right to decline a request for a meeting.

Are the experts paid?

No, our experts have generously agreed to volunteer their time.

Philanthropedia is a division of GuideStar, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Through independent research, Philanthropedia has leveraged the wisdom of 3121 experts to provide reviews on 715 top nonprofits across 44 causes.