Filed under: Local Nonprofits

What We’ve Got in Store for You, Nonprofits!

Leave a Comment June 13, 2014

You’ve been wondering, what has GreatNonprofits done for me lately?  We’ve listened to what you’ve wanted, and here are the details about our latest release’s new features! (more…)

Nonprofits Supporting Our Cultural Heritage

Leave a Comment May 22, 2014

Read About Nonprofits Supporting Our Cultural Heritage From Coast to Coast

Summer’s almost here; time to start making those vacation plans. As you glance through guidebooks, you’ll be sure to see lists of “don’t miss” monuments, parks, and museums. But take a little time, and you’ll also find places where the local population strives to keep local cultural heritage and customs thriving Look for places where people are working together to save a remnant of history, turn an urban landscape into a swath of greenery, or keep a cherished craft alive. The places highlighted below are just a small sample of what awaits you on your travels – we’ve highlighted nonprofits promoting our cultural heritage in the Northeast, Southeast, South, Midwest and West.

(more…)

Nonprofit Love: Two FREE Online Events from GuideStar You Won’t Want to Miss

Leave a Comment January 30, 2014

Guidestar – our partner – has declared February the month of February Nonprofit Love (we concur!).  To help nonprofits, Guidestar is launching a series of webinars that are coming up in February. Both of these webinars are topics we at GreatNonprofits care about – transparency and feedback. And, we’re speaking at one of the events. So please, come one, come all. Register for the events below. Collectively, we can’t wait to have you.

(more…)

Tapping Into Corporate Giving

Leave a Comment January 30, 2014

The World Of Corporate Giving Has Changed

Did you know that:

  • Less than 6% of the $320 Billion that is donated annually to North American charities is done online.
  • Less than 5% of that amount comes from corporations.
  • 70% of employees are not engaged in their jobs – and 25% are actively disengaged.

These are all statistics that Benevity, a software social enterprise that helps companies engage their customers and employees through giving back, hopes to change.  And they highlight issues that corporate social good efforts, like employee giving and volunteering programs, are evolving to address. “Doing well by doing” good is more than just a tagline; it’s a business imperative. The good news is that an increasing number of companies are doing more – they’re part of a significant shift towards integrating support for causes into their operations.   (more…)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Meaning; Include Volunteering or Donating to a Nonprofit

Leave a Comment January 29, 2014

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m still rounding up stray pine needles stuck in the rug and eating the few remaining arms and legs of broken gingerbread men. I really don’t need a tempting box of fancy chocolates or a lavish prix-fixe meal out on the town.  How can I bring more meaning to a day that has become yet another opportunity to show affection and commitment through expensive presents and bouquets of flowers forced to bloom in the dead of winter? 

You don’t have to look far to figure that one out. People in our communities need help all year long.  We feel good about ourselves during the holidays when we buy a gift for a needy child or serve a holiday meal at a shelter. Why stop there when you can volunteer or donate to a local nonprofit or charity.

According to last year’s “Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey” by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, the average annual Valentine’s Day spending reached $13.19 billion. The amount the average American spends on Valentine’s Day is $116.21. Think of how a local nonprofit might spend that money.

Here are five ways to involve nonprofits or volunteering to celebrate Valentine’s Day with meaning.

  1. Instead of going out to dinner, stay in and cook a special meal for your loved ones.  Consider donating the money you saved to a community meal program, like these 2013 top-rated nonprofits:

    • FOCO Café (Feeding Our Community Ourselves), Fort Collins, CO.  “This team is focused on providing access to healthy, delicious and sustainable food to all members of our community.
    • Widbey Island Nourishes, Whidbey Island, WA.  One of the volunteers says this program “…provides highly nutritious, ready-made meals at no cost to food insecure youth on South Whidbey Island. Meals are prepared with love by volunteers using high-quality ingredients, including produce from local farms and fruit gleaned from trees throughout the community.”
  2. Rather than a buying a bouquet of flowers, give to a community garden.  Your donation will continue to give back as the months go by; those flowers will droop in just a few days. Check out these top-rated nonprofits:

    • Square foot gardening, Ogden, UT.  Volunteers are enthusiastic: “I support this foundation because it saves the environment, promotes healthy lifestyles, reduces our carbon footprint (no more local than in your own yard!) and helps the poor cut their food bills.”
    • Generous Garden project, Greenville, SC.  Here’s a thoughtful volunteer’s comment about this project: “I have truly enjoyed the work and getting my hands dirty, but most of all it’s the people that make the difference. It is great to meet new people each week and to know that we are all working to help other people in need.
  3. Instead of a romantic weekend away, a donation can help people find a caring place to sleep during the harsh winter nights.  Check out these 2013 top-rated organizations:

    • Aurora Warms the Night,   Aurora, CO.  The mission of this organization is heart-felt: Preserve the life, health and stability of Aurora’s men, women, and children experiencing homelessness.  “Aurora Warms the Night is a compassionate organization that reaches out to help the homeless of Aurora with vital and life-saving housing assistance on the coldest of nights.”
    • Beverly’s Birthdays, North Huntingdon, PA.  All children need to be recognized and feel valued. This organization provides birthday celebrations for homeless children living in shelters. As one volunteer says: “I think the most rewarding thing when attending a Beverly’s Birthdays party is seeing the smiles on the children’s faces.”
  4. Set a wonderful example for your kids, showing them ways to embrace others.  Ask them to help you pick a need that your donation can fill. These two organizations were top-rated in 2013:

    • Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Sebego, ME.  This camp provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families from around the world through the various stages of their journeys.  Says one volunteer: “I have now had the opportunity to volunteer at camp four times and will be returning this weekend to volunteer again. As a former client served I cannot even begin to describe how much of an impact this organization has had on my family and my life.”
    • GlamourGals, Foundation, Commack, NY.  Teen volunteers in GlamourGals chapters around the country make regularly scheduled visits to senior homes to perform complimentary facials and makeovers.  This comment from one volunteer captures the spirit of this organization: “Joining Glamour Gals, I hoped to gain experience and give back to the community. I lost my grandparents a couple years ago and it was very hard because I was so close to them. It left a huge hole in my heart that I thought would never heal. Glamour Gals has healed that hole in my heart. Every month I’m spending time with grandparents who aren’t mine, and it’s a blessing.”
  5. Help someone in your own neighborhood.  You may discover that a senior living near by needs a lift to the doctor or help getting groceries.  Here’s one organization that matches drivers with riders:

    • Neighbor Ride, Columbia, MD.  This 2013 top-rated organization connects people: “volunteers drive – seniors thrive.” One volunteer summed up the experience this way: “While helping others, I get to meet some wonderful people who often touch my life with joy.”

For more inspiration, read through the descriptions of GreatNonprofit’s 2013 top-rated organizations here: http://greatnonprofits.org/awards/browse.

Contributing writer:  Big thanks to our volunteer writer, Kathryn Maclaury for her time and contribution to this article.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Social Sourced Reviews Work for Your Nonprofit

Leave a Comment January 3, 2014

Think about the last time you bought something online. Did you look at Amazon or Google reviews first? Did you use Yelp to find a great local restaurant? Did you use TripAdvisor to help coordinate your last adventure? Or go to CitySearch to find a hotel?

(more…)

GreatNonprofits Unveils 2013 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in Washington D.C.

Leave a Comment December 11, 2013

How to Choose A Charity This Season Of Giving

Redwood Shores, Calif. – In 2013, $375 billion is expected to 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 Washington, D.C. (more…)

GreatNonprofits Unveils 2013 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in New York

Leave a Comment December 10, 2013

How to Choose A Charity This Season Of Giving 

Redwood Shores, Calif. – In 2013, $375 billion is expected to 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 New York city. (more…)

Over $200k Awarded From Crowdrise Holiday Challenge

Leave a Comment November 20, 2013

By Craig Newmark: contributing writer and founder of Craigslist.

Hey, I’ve teamed up with CrowdRise and the Huffington Post to host a Holiday Challenge over on CrowdRise to help nonprofits raise a lot of money this season.

As they say – here’s how it’s going down.

The Holiday Challenge will work similar to the #VetsChallenge that I sponsored over the summer, but this time, any charity is able to sign up. Over $200,000 will be given to nonprofits throughout the challenge. Last year over $1,000,000.00 was raised for charities.
(more…)

#GivingTuesday is Here! …Now What?

Leave a Comment November 20, 2013

So the day we’ve all been waiting for is here!  #GivingTuesday – a national movement and brainchild of the 92nd Street Y– The idea is to create a daylong national effort to help charities raise money online during the holiday season – and right on the heals of Cyber Monday and Black Friday.  We’ve been preparing for months. But what do you do when the day is here?  Here are tips depending on who you are!

(more…)

Previous page


GreatNonprofits is the place to find trustworthy nonprofits.
Greatnonprofits.org »

Subscribe to our blog:

Ads

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Polls

Have you volunteered in 2013?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Categories