Nonprofits, Get Started:

You won’t want to miss a spot on the 2014 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List. Here’s some information on how to get started, what you need to qualify, and what you’ll get.

How to get Started:

  1. Claim your profile: Take 3 minutes and claim/update your nonprofit profile on if you haven’t already. Used GreatNonprofits before? Get started right away by inviting reviews, see how below
  2. Invite Reviews: Nonprofits that receive 10 positive (4 stars or above) reviews and maintain an overall positive average (of 4 or 5 stars) during the campaign period (January 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014) will win a spot on the GreatNonprofits 2014 Top-Rated List!

Market on Social Media:

Help us get a 2014 @GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award, write a review of your experience with us! [INSERT YOUR PROFILE PAGE]
Nominate us for the @GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List! [INSERT YOUR PROFILE PAGE]
Hey Volunteers! Review us for the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List! [INSERT YOUR PROFILE PAGE]

Send Emails or Direct Mail to Volunteers, Donors, Employees (you name it)

Dear Friend,
If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2014 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to (link here) to get started!

What it takes to win

To qualify for the 2014 Top-Rated Awards, you need to have at least 10, new positive (4 or 5 star reviews) from different users between January 1st, 2014 and October 31, 2014. And you need to maintain an overall average of 4 or 5 stars during the campaign period (January 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014).

What do Winners Get

  • Top Rated Badge, Certificate, Press Kit and Marketing Materials to Included in Donor Letters, your Website
  • You will be listed on our 2014 Top Rated Leaderboard and 2014 #GivingTuesday Guide and will receive promotion throughout the year and during the fundraising season in conjunction with #GivingTuesday
  • Winners will be promoted via social media, public relations and on our thought leader publications via the Huffington Post and other mediums
  • Winners may be selected to attend our Annual Technology for Social Good Conference at LinkedIn
  • Winners will also receive mention from our sponsors and partners, and special designation on the GreatNonprofits site

When will winners be announced

Winners will be announced each month from April 1st to October 31st, and will get a 2014 Top-Rated nonprofit badge and be promoted by GreatNonprofits and our media partners! This year, we also have amazing prizes, like a trip to San Francisco to meet with potential funders, and thousands of dollar’s worth of online advertising.

Why Do It?

Get on the Top-Rated List

Winning nonprofits get added to the GreatNonprofits 2014 Top-Rated List, distributed to media and corporate foundations nation-wide. Have you won in the past? Don’t miss the chance to get listed on the 2014 GreatNonprofits Hall of Fame! Past winners who win again in 2014 will be highlighted on a special page on in addition to being listed on the 2014 Top-Rated List.

I’ve been in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years and this is the first time I’ve had a tool like this at my disposal and I’m so glad that I do.

Catherine Crystal Foster, Executive Director, Peninsula College Fund

Get Your Badge

All 2014 Top-Rated nonprofits will get a Top-Rated badge on their GreatNonprofits profile. This badge can also be used on your own website and marketing materials and will show in search results on

Get Great Reviews

Gather inspiring reviews from your volunteers, clients and donors. Share them with your staff and board and use them in your marketing materials.

Here is an example of how Just Give uses its reviews in its social media:

Here is an example of how the IRC uses its reviews in its newsletters:

Here is an example from Northern Jaguar Project’s appeal letter:

Get your name out there and get noticed!

Winners will receive lots of tools to help them spread the word about this exclusive honor, including:
  • Press lists and sample press releases
  • Sample social media posts
  • A custom, printable certificate for your office and the chance to get custom stickers for marketing materials

Be among the elite!

Under 1% of nonprofits nation-wide have achieved Top-Rated status. Nonprofits like: