Redesigning Advanced Search
San Francisco, CA
GuideStar's drives decisions in the nonprofit sector and philanthropic giving by sharing information on nonprofits. Searching for (and finding) the nonprofit profile of a particular organization or set of organizations is the essential first step for most users' goals. Users need an easy way to access our information, and we needed to provide increasingly relevant and helpful tools to search the massive library.
As we considered redesigning our search front- and back-end, our primary goal was to make it easier to find (and also discover) organizations, people, and cohorts on GuideStar.org. A secondary goal was to refresh our backend architecture, switch to a new search engine (Elastic), and build a new front-end that adapt for use on a multitude of devices.
The new search feature launched in spring 2016.