St. Joseph’s Indian School Donors Can Trust the Platinum Candid/GuideStar Seal

St. Joseph’s Indian School’s dedication to transparency was recently recognized with the Platinum Seal from Candid.

Candid, a leading assessor of nonprofit organizations, recently announced that, for the second year running, St. Joseph’s Indian School achieved the Platinum GuideStar Seal of Transparency for providing comprehensive information about the school’s programs, success measures and services. Platinum is the highest possible rating for a nonprofit organization.This is the second year in a row St. Joseph’s has achieved the Platinum Seal. Before 2023, the organization earned the Silver GuideStar Seal of Transparency three years in a row.

Kory Christianson, Executive Director of Development for St. Joseph’s Indian School acknowledged this superior level of transparency in the organization’s fundraising efforts.

“Our staff works tirelessly and proactively to maintain a transparent and efficient organization while ensuring we are good stewards of donations we receive from likewise hardworking people. We know this level of integrity is expected from our donors.” He added, “Together with our supporters, we serve our common goal: To educate Native American children and families for life — mind, body, heart and spirit.”

GuideStar introduced the Seal of Transparency in 2013 and merged with Candid in 2019. The organization collects, standardizes and makes data available about nonprofit organizations to promote transparency by making it easier to understand what nonprofits do. The organization provides access to timely, nonpartisan data and intelligence to support social sector stakeholders. Ratings such as these ensure donors are well-informed about the work, mission and operations of the nonprofits to whom they donate.

About 5% of the 1.7 million nonprofits registered by the IRS have a GuideStar Seal, and only 15% of those are Platinum.

To learn more about the awards and accreditations St. Joseph’s Indian School has received, visit

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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  1. That St. Joseph’s was awarded this seal does not surprise me. When my husband and I visited several years ago to attend the Powwow, we got to see where our donations are going and how they are being used. God bless St. Joseph’s Indian School, the children, staff, and clergy.

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