GuideStar International takes back UK charity data website

Original owner reacquires GuideStar UK website and information database from the Directory of Social Change after commercial arm goes into administration


GuideStar International has taken back control of the charity data website GuideStar UK and its database of information about the voluntary sector.

The Directory of Social Change, which provides training and information for voluntary organisations, acquired the site from GuideStar International in March.

But GuideStar International, which works with organisations in different countries to set up online databases with information on charities, has now announced it has ‘reacquired’ the site.

The move comes less than a week after the DSC revealed that the site’s commercial arm, GuideStar Data Services, had been put into administration.

A GuideStar International statement said the company had "exercised its option to reacquire the GuideStar UK programme".

Asked whether the organisation had paid to reaquire the website and database, a spokeswoman said she was unable to provide any further details.

Spokesmen for both the DSC and the administrator, Maidment Judd, said they were unable to comment.

GuideStar UK holds data on all UK charities in a more searchable form than the Charity Commission database.

GuideStar Data Services also gathers details of non-charitable third sector organisations and has information on 350,000 organisations in total.


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