St. Joseph’s Indian School Goes Platinum with Candid/GuideStar

St. Joseph’s Indian School received the highest-level award for Transparency from GuideStar/Candid for 2023.

Candid, a leading assessor of nonprofit organizations, recently announced that 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.  For the past three years, the organization earned the Silver GuideStar Seal of Transparency.

“It is a great honor to accept this Platinum level recognition from GuideStar,” said Kory Christianson, Executive Director of Development for St. Joseph’s Indian School. “Our staff works tirelessly to maintain a transparent and efficient organization while ensuring we are good stewards of donations we receive from likewise hardworking people. Together 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.

Learn more about St. Joseph’s Indian School by visiting

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.

10 thoughts on “St. Joseph’s Indian School Goes Platinum with Candid/GuideStar”

  1. This rating confirms what we have known a long time, that we can trust that our donations to St. Joseph’s are being used wisely and in the way that we expect them to be. Congratulations.

    1. Thank you so much, Beverly! It’s truly an honor to receive this award and to give donors that validation.

  2. Congratulations on receiving this honor! You all obviously work very hard at what you do for the children and the Lakota Nation as a whole. Thank you!

  3. Congratulations to all the staff on an incredible job well done as you have received the Platinum level recognition from GuideStar! You are true servants to the Native American youth, especially to the Lakota (Sioux) children.

    1. That’s so kind of you to say. We’re very blessed to do this great work from the blessings of others. Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *