FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2013) – Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level for transparency and accountability from GuideStar USA, Inc., an organization that provides donors with data about charities to help guide informed giving. This level of achievement demonstrates CCMI’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work to our constituents,” said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use the organization’s platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors and media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, CCMI had to meet the requirements of GuideStar’s nonprofit report page.

“I encourage all potentional donors to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Galloway. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives and are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”

GuideStar USA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving. GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports. Learn more about GuideStar at

CCMI is an innovative nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization made up of social service entrepreneurs fighting to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The agency provides more than 15,000 meals each month through its Everyday Café and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs. CCMI also educates 40 children in its Community Montessori Preschool, offers homeless services and comprehensive case coaching services through its United Way Resource Houses, oversees an emergency mobile food pantry and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year.

CCMI serves Fort Myers and the greater Lee County area, including Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. CCMI works in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, Harry Chapin Food Bank and regional community foundations as well as collaborating with fellow community and service groups including The School District of Lee County and numerous churches, businesses and community support organizations.

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