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Seneca Street Community Development Corporation Reaches GuideStar© Platinum

Allows Donors to Focus on Progress and Results

BUFFALO, NY, Dec. 4, 2018— Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (SSCDC) has earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar© Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar©, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress the SSCDC is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

“Aligned with our long-held belief in the importance of being transparent about our work,” said Cheryl Bird, SSCDC Executive Director, “we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner. By updating our GuideStar© Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers and the media.”
To reach the Platinum level, the SSCDC added to its GuideStar© profile: organizational and contact information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By providing this information, the SSCDC has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate the SSCDC.

“I encourage you to visit our profile on GuideStar© to see what we’re all about,” added Joseph Bell, SSCDC Board of Directors President. “We’re thrilled that our Platinum profile and its associated benefits help us better communicate our organization’s impactful initiatives at a global scale.”

Seneca Street CDC, a non-profit organization based at Seneca Street United Methodist Church, 1218 Seneca St., Buffalo, offers to community members an after-school program serving about 70 students from kindergarten through high school with age-appropriate activities, homework assistance and a daily hot meal; a Summer at Seneca Street six-week weekday program for elementary-age children; as well as the Seneca Street Community Garden where neighbors grow their own food and connect with others—all at no cost to those they serve.
The mission of the Seneca Street CDC is to partner with neighbors in the Seneca Babcock community to provide a supportive environment to overcome educational, social, and economic barriers. We provide opportunities for the entire community to acquire skills that build resiliency and self-reliance, enhancing the quality of life and potential for current and future generations in the neighborhood.

The GuideStar© database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar© encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 8 million people who visit GuideStar© to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 200 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar© data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar© participation levels, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar© database.

For more information about Seneca Street Community Development Corporation, call (716) 939-3501 or visit us online at

Seneca Street Community Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Any contributions made to the organization may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax advisor for more information. The organization is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained, upon written request, from the organization (Seneca Street Community Development Corporation, 1218 Seneca Street, Buffalo, New York, 14210) or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau (Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, 19th Floor, New York, New York 10005). Donors may also verify our status by visiting GuideStar, an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies.