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Here at GreatNonprofits, we believe in allowing people to find, review and openly share information as the best way to find the right nonprofits to support. Our goal is to make it easy for people to share knowledge so that other people can benefit from it. With this in mind, we recently entered into a data sharing agreement with Truist, a leading provider of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy services. Truist helps companies manage their employee giving, matching, and volunteering programs. Over the coming months, Truist will be incorporating our user reviews into their various products so their users can leverage this information to make decisions about their charitable giving. (more…)
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2013 –Truist, a leading provider of corporate philanthropy solutions, and GreatNonprofits, the largest social review site for charities, announced a partnership today to share data across their platforms. (more…)
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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…)
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Redwood Shores, Calif. - GreatNonprofits, the largest nonprofit review site (think Yelp for nonprofits), lets people quickly find charities doing the most good, helping them donate wisely in this season of giving. Donors can find worthy nonprofit organizations based on nearly 200,000 real-life stories of impact, written by volunteers, donors and beneficiaries. (more…)
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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.
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This Season of Giving when most Americans donate and volunteer for nonprofits, GreatNonprofits, the largest nonprofit review site (like a Yelp for Nonprofits) announces the 2013 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List. Over 1,400 nonprofits ranging from national nonprofits to local nonprofits are on the list. In 2013, an expected $375 billion is expected to be donated to nonprofits. The Top-Rated List of nonprofits helps donors find worthy charities. (more…)
Comment (1) September 12, 2012
How often do you read reviews of products, restaurants, or movies before you make a purchasing decision?
Do you use TripAdvisor or Amazon reviews or browse the Zagat guides? Most shoppers rely heavily on customer reviews. In fact, 65 percent of customers report reading reviews “always” or “frequently” before deciding to make a purchase. The same also applies to charities. And if you think the large national charitable organizations have the advantage, think again.
Check out full article by CEO Perla Ni in this month’s issue of Advancing Philanthropy!
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When we here at GreatNonprofits announced the winners of the 2012 Green Awards, we saw some fascinating trends. The organizations with the most reviews are far from the usual suspects; the leading nonprofits are small and local and frequently boast uncommon and niche missions.
One of the contest winners was the Bat World Sanctuary, based in Mineral Wells, TX. The nonprofit, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of bats has racked up 144 reviews and have nearly a five-out-of-five star average. The Sanctuary works to protect wild bat colonies and provides sanctuary for non-releasable bats.
Reviews ranged from kids who got help with school projects through the nonprofit, to wildlife rehabilitators. One reviewer stressed the importance of the organization’s educational component, “I feel that Bat World Sanctuary is doing a great deal to educate the public on the importance of bats, along with protecting these incredible creatures.” Another reviewer mentions needing help identifying bats, writing “The only group that responded to my plea for information was Bat World Sanctuary.”
The contest, which allowed local environmental nonprofits to be honored through online volunteer, client and donor reviews, was created as a way to bring attention to under-the-radar organizations doing exemplary work to promote sustainability and the environment. More than 130 nonprofits participated.
Another winning organization, WiserEarth, hopes to spread the messages of sustainability by offering a website covering eco-issues in Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese and Indonesian. Volunteers help with translation. Reviewers were impressed with the global and local opportunities the site provides:
“I am passionate about the potential impact nonprofits can have then they work together to build movements, instead of trying to “own” the cause or work themselves. As such, I was incredibly happy to work with WiserEarth to collaborate on local groups and events around the world that meant local organizations could come together, share knowledge, and grow together. WiserEarth’s collaborative approach is refreshing and promising!”
The Professional Animal Retirement Center shows 15,000 people around their sanctuary every year. Visitors learn about more than 45 exotic and endangered former “pets” and retired performers, and about conservation of endangered species and habitats.
“I love visiting,” writes one reviewer. “It was such an up close experience in seeing the animals, and the care that is tendered them is so very clear.”
Mindy Stinner, Executive Director at Conservators’ Center, another winning organization, says she entered the contest to get feedback from volunteers. The reviews the organization received “brought some of our hardworking employees and volunteers to tears,” she says. More importantly though, the reviews highlighted what people like most about the enter, which Stinner says has helped it better refine what it does to ensure that visitors walk away determined to spread the word.
The results of this contest is consistent with the overall ratings of nonprofits on the website. Small and local nonprofits consistently get higher satisfaction ratings from volunteers and donors than larger and national ones.
Why is this? We believe that smaller organizations provide meaningful opportunities for volunteers to do real programmatic work – not just stuff mailers. They also provide more hands-on opportunities for donors. Donors might be able to visit the nonprofit, or meet with the staff or participate as a volunteer on a project. Smaller organizations are probably also a lot more “high-touch” – they can respond quickly to donor or volunteer requests or feedback.
And most importantly, the work of local organizations is more visible in the community where donors and volunteers live.
A sort of Zagat guide of candid reviews of nonprofits, GreatNonprofits.org provides a platform for those who want to share their experience and also functions as a library of honest, user-generated content to aid potential volunteers and donors in their search for the right nonprofit.
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GreatNonprofits announced today that 122 organizations have qualified for the 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofits List at the close of a month-long campaign in partnership with GuideStar and Charity Navigator. Organizations receiving ten or more positive stakeholder reviews during the month of June qualified for the top-rated list.
During the campaign, a total of 369 nonprofits were rated and reviewed by thousands of clients, donors and volunteers across the country. The 2,800 reviews submitted during the campaign highlight the innovative ways that health organizations are supporting their communities. The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors (AOH), a nonprofit providing healing support to people coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide, received 111 reviews in just a week.
“In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey, shared lluvryan, a client of AOH. “Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available.
“We are thrilled to be a top-rated health nonprofit. The outpouring of gratitude expressed in our reviews reaffirms the difference we’re making, and inspires us to want to do more, said Ronnie Walker, founder of the Alliance of Hope.
The organizations represented on the top-rated list focus on a diverse range of health services. From seeking a cure for devastating diseases to raising public awareness about important health issues, these organizations speak to the important role nonprofits play in the health field.
Qualifying as a top-rated nonprofit provides essential feedback to the nonprofits, and can result increased visibility for the organization’s work. Brian Brewer, Director of Marketing and Communications at Cancer Research Institute explains, “[GreatNonprofits.org] is easy for our community members to use, and that’s made it easy for us to get their great feedback about the impact our programs have. It’s been such a great experience reading all the positive, thoughtful stories our donors, scientists, and cancer patients have posted on your site ”it reaffirms for all the hardworking staff at CRI that what they do matters.
The full list of Top-Rated Health Nonprofits can be found at http://greatnonprofits.org/issues/health-2.
About the Campaign
The 2011 Health Campaign ran throughout the month of June 2011. 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 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofits.