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December 17, 2013
How to Choose A Charity This Season Of Giving
Redwood Shores, Calif. – In 2013, an expected $375 billion will be donated to charities. To help donors and volunteers find worthy charities to support this season of giving, GreatNonprofits has just released the 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofits List for San Francisco. (more…)
November 19, 2013
Pine trees. Gilded glass ornaments. Big gold boxes wrapped with shiny red ribbons. The image of the holidays we have is one of people cozying up next to the fireplace stockings in their knitted reindeer sweaters with a plate of gingerbread cookies in one hand and a present in the other.
For most of us, our biggest worry is whether to buy the green scarf or the blue scarf for our mother-in-law, or which Lego kit was the one our son wanted. Yet for many others, presents are the last thing on their minds this holiday season – they’re just thinking about how to last the winter months with enough food and warm clothing.
November 12, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan has left millions of families and children in need in the Philippines. As many as 2.5 million people require assistance. (more…)
October 9, 2013
#GivingTuesday is the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofits cultural and community center in New York. The idea is to inspire giving and help charities nation-wide. How? By creating a daylong national effort to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season – and do so right on the heals of Cyber Monday and Black Friday. This is a big deal for nonprofits as last year alone the movement drew donations to about 2,600 nonprofits. (more…)
June 17, 2013
With summer here, we know a lot of you want to learn more about traveling for good! There are many different ways to help out abroad with a small amount of free time over the summer and different nonprofits offer different opportunities. The Top-Rated groups below offer various chances to travel while volunteering. Take a look, and see if one of these nonprofits is a good fit for you.
And if you are scheduled to do some traveling with a nonprofit already, share your story when you get back by writing a review! Your review will help others decide if volunteering abroad is a good fit for them.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofits Offering Travel Opportunities
Countries/Regions Served: Guatemala
Mayan Families provides opportunities and assistance to the indigenous and impoverished people of Guatemala, through education and community development programs.
“My only regret is that I could not have spent longer in Panajachel with Mayan Families. While there, I was a part of their medical and dental clinics for many different villages, and I also came home with a beautiful puppy that they had rescued through their animal welfare program.”
A Broader View
Countries/Regions Served: Belize, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines
A Broader View Volunteer Corp. was created on the belief that one person can make a difference in the lives of others. The US office is operated by a staff with almost 20 years combined travel and hospitality experience.
“Many of the “volunteer” programs we looked at for our daughter were cost prohibitive and had many time constraints. ABV made it possible for her to experience a different culture and, at the same time, volunteer in ways that she never would have otherwise.”
Global Volunteer Network Foundation
Countries/Regions Served: Africa, Asia, Latin America
Global Volunteer Network Foundation works to empower women and children by providing financial resources to grassroots organizations working with vulnerable women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
“Climbing to Everest Base Camp is something I’ll treasure for the rest of my life and I can’t imagine better people to have done it with. I will be doing more programs with GVN in the future and highly recommend it for anyone who wants to step outside their comfort zone and try something new.”
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits Offering Travel Opportunities
Child Family Health International
Countries/Regions Served: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, South Africa
Working at 20 different sites in six countries, Child Family Health International partners with universities and medical professionals. The organization aims to help students explore what health care and public health provision is like in developing countries. CFHI also creates social entrepreneur opportunities for local communities that are able to host and teach students from afar about local culture, realities, illness and wellness.
“It was one of the best rotations of my medical school career. Getting the opportunity to perform a number of procedures while also seeing what healthcare challenges another culture faced allowed me to develop tremendously as a doctor and person in the beginning stages of my career.”
Countries/Regions Served: Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Thailand
YouthLINC works to create life-long humanitarians. Rotary clubs, universities and colleges, businesses, professional associations, and individuals who want to encourage service among young people provide sponsorships to students.
“ I felt like the trip had a perfect blend of service and site seeing. I felt like I had a cultural experience along with a wonderful service experience.”
Want to help YouthLINC and Child Family Health International become Top-Rated again for 2013? Write a review of their work!
May 7, 2013
Did you know that GreatNonprofits influences 30 million donation decisions a year (and it’s free)?
We know nonprofits rely on positive word of mouth to do their work most effectively. Online reviews have huge reach, so how do you get your first review?
December 19, 2012
GreatNonprofits is thrilled to be hearing the many success stories from our 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits. Are you a Top-Rated Nonprofit wondering how to promote your new status? Here are some ideas for you and your team:
1) In your End-of-Year letter, in your accomplishments, tout that you were a Top-Rated nonprofit.
(Your Group) is proud to announce that we were recognized nationally this year by GreatNonprofits as a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit. Thank you to everyone who helped us win this honor by writing reviews of our organization. We deeply appreciate you taking the time to do so, as these reviews will be useful to us in many ways going forward.
You can read all of our great reviews here (insert link to your profile page).
2) Display your 2012 Top-Rated Certificate in your office entryway or lobby.
3) Seal your brochures or letters with your Top-Rated stickers! Order them here.
4) Put your Top-Rated badge on your website with a link to your reviews.
5) Include the good news in your next email newsletter.
GreatNonprofits congratulates all of our 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofits. Stay tuned to find out how to become a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit.
December 4, 2012
Our Top-Rated Nonprofit List Aims to Honor High-Impact Local Charities
GreatNonprofits is proud to annouce the 1,386 winners of the 2012 Top-Rated Awards.The awards aim to bring to light excellent charities, often small and local, doing the most good.
Unlike other charity awards, the Top-Rated award winners were selected entirely by the public. Nominees were ‘judged’ solely on reviews written by the public—by volunteers, donors and people helped by the nonprofit. This way, the charities also get valuable feedback from the public.
The reviews often come in the form of inspiring stories, like this one from Cincinnati, OH:
“Three months ago I was confused and scared, knowing there was something wrong with my lungs, but not having any idea what. I looked…on the internet and found all kinds of scary information, but I also found the LAM Foundation. I contacted them… and the Patient Services Director responded to me within hours. Since then she has helped me find information, doctors, and other women with LAM to connect with.”
See the complete list of winning charities here. Individuals can use this list to find Top-Rated charities in their city to donate to or volunteer for this holiday season.
Got an inspiring story from your reviews? Share in the comments!
November 19, 2012
Earlier this month The Huffington Post highlighted some of the nonprofits that have already qualified for our 2012 Top-Rated List. The HuffPo slideshow focused on charities dedicated to providing support and education for children and families. The nonprofits featured were:
Congrats to these outstanding small charities! These nonprofits are located all around the country and are providing aid and opportunities for children in need. Some are dedicated to educating low-income children by providing the resources necessary to succeed academically. Others provide support and treatment to children facing severe medical conditions.
Check out The Huffington Post article hereand stay tuned for more featured winners of the Top-Rated Awards.
Are you a nonprofit? There’s still time to win a spot on the 2012 Top-Rated List!
July 1, 2012
TOP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES CHARITIES NAMED BY GREATNONPROFITS
More than 100 Organizations Honored Nationwide
Redwood Shores, Calif., July 1, 2012 – GreatNonprofits.org announced today that over 100 charities from more than 40 states will be receiving a Top-Rated status on the public review website based on positive user reviews.
The charities, nominated by the public, ranged from Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit helping the elderly get around by offering ridesharing, to Little Helping Hands, a resource for volunteer opportunities for young kids. CHERUBS, another organization honored with the distinction helps expecting parents of babies who have been diagnosed in the womb with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Other charities help out pregnant moms, like The Fistula Foundation, dedicated to eradicating the pregnancy injury worldwide.
The winning results show the many aspects of child care and family life that nonprofits are involved in. The nonprofits showcased are generally smaller and less well-known – charities that may not have access to an advertising budget. “We encourage volunteers, clients served and donors to share their experience with a charity on our site to give that charity the recognition it deserves,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits.
The full list of winners of the Children and Families Top-Rated Awards can be found here.
About the Awards:
The 2012 Children and Families Awards ran throughout the month of July 2012. Reviews appear on GreatNonprofits.org as well as on GuideStar.org and CharityNavigator.org. Organizations receiving ten or more positive reviews are listed as one of the 2012 Top-Rated Children and Families Nonprofits.
GreatNonprofits is a place to find trustworthy nonprofits. Our mission is to inspire and inform donors, and volunteers, enable nonprofits to show their impact, and promote greater feedback and transparency.