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October 15, 2012
Hey Volunteers! Thanks to your feedback through candid reviews, we were able to compile a list of great nonprofits who are effectively acting on their mission statements. These are organizations that you’ve told us not only talk the talk, but walk the talk!
DC Central Kitchen
Mission: We use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities
GNP users say: “Its food doesn’t just go straight to the needy, it first drives a culinary program for putting people back on the path to self sufficiency with skills in hand.”
Center for Intercultural Organizing
Mission: The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights
GNP users say: “The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is an amazing organization that touches the lives of immigrants and refugees. The close-knit intercultural relationships created and fostered through this organization by bringing together so many different cultures (many with long-time historical conflicts) are creating long-term change locally and state-wide; creating a positive ripple effect for American born residents, and maybe even worldwide.”
Cancer Schmancer Foundation
Mission:The Cancer Schmancer Movement is to ensure all women’s cancers are diagnosed in stage 1, when they are most curable
GNP users say: “Coming across Cancer Schmancer, I can’t even describe to you… It has changed everything for me. I know what to look for now. I know what to do. I know how to react. And most importantly, I know that cancer is NOT the boss of me. The Cancer Schmancer Movement has taught me to be a medical consumer, and has comforted me and guided me in helping my dear friend who was just diagnosed… at stage 1.”
Mission: Abilities United champions people with developmental and other disabilities and provides the training, education, and support they need to lead the lives they choose
GNP users say: “When Amber stepped into the warm water at the Betty Wright Swim Center, she walked on her first for the very first time – or more appropriately, she RAN through the water unassisted. Eventually she was able to repeat that experience on land Amber is now 16 and continues to be served by the Betty Wright Swim Center as well as the After School Socialization Program at Abilities United. Abilities United has made a profound difference in our lives!”
Mission: To lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, Wounded Warriors and First Responders
GNP users say: “As a prior service member, I cannot impress upon you how uplifting it is to receive such generosity from strangers, in any form. In recent years, I have helped put together care packages for service members, full well knowing that there will be a hard-working, well-deserving service man or woman on the receiving end.”
Mission: To provide a caring, safe haven to some of God’s most beautiful creatures. We put their needs above all else; the old, the maimed, the unwanted can find sanctuary here
GNP users say: “The exotic cats at In-Sync are so loved and cared for by the staff and volunteers. I have been impressed by the high standards Vicky Keahey sets for the care of these beautiful cats and some of the stories of rehabilitation from the horrid conditions they were rescued from are remarkable.”
Mission: “Wiser is a free online community space connecting the people, nonprofits and businesses working toward a just and sustainable world”
GNP Users say: “I turned English into Chinese in order to make more people access to it–a green social network engaging in sustainable development. We share interesting information and together hold activities.”
Love Without Boundaries
Mission: To transform the lives of orphaned and impoverished children by providing hope and healing
GNP Users say: “I have seen the work that LWB does for the children and rural families in China for 8+ years now and know that they have saved lives and changed countless more lives around the world by what they are doing for the children of China.”
Mission: Develops practical, life saving programs for cancer survivors
GNP Users say: “Malecare is a Non-profit organization that brings men from all walks of life together who have or have had prostate cancer. It offers support to individuals who previously would have felt or been isolated.”
Society for Science & the Public
Mission: dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education
GNP users say: “I have been involved in Science Fairs for over 22 years and the International Fair since 1994. The parent body (SSP) that supports this fair does a tremendous job. They support the students, the teachers, and all who are trying to keep kids interested and inspired in the sciences, technology, and engineering.”
Did we miss one? Write a review and let us know in the comments!
September 17, 2012
Want to volunteer or intern at a great Austin non-profit? Whether you’re new to Austin and want to learn about the city’s charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood non-profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Austin charities. Every non-profit on this list earned has an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 10 volunteers. If your favorite Austin non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list! (more…)
September 4, 2012
Want to volunteer or intern at a great Boston non-profit? Whether you’re new to Boston and want to learn about the city’s charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood non-profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Boston charities. Every non-profit on this list earned has an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 10 volunteers. If your favorite Boston non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list! (more…)
August 29, 2012
Hurricane Isaac landed in Louisiana on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The Gulf Coast was pelted with rain and residents are dealing with flooding and power outages. GreatNonprofits released a list to inform potential donors, volunteers and people seeking help about the best nonprofits involved in the area. It’s a subject close to our hearts, we decided to launch GreatNonprofits.org after struggling to identify top local nonprofits helping Katrina victims seven years ago.
TOP-RATED DISASTER AID NONPROFITS FOR HURRICANE ISAAC RELEASED
Redwood Shores, Calif. (Wednesday, August 29, 2012) – In the wake of Hurricane Isaac’s convergence on still-vulnerable New Orleans, charity ranking website greatnonprofits.org has released a list of organizations doing work in the area that have been highly-rated by volunteers, donors and actual people helped by these charities.
The list offers up more than just the usual large organizations, and seeks to highlight small, lesser known nonprofits most effectively helping victims of Hurricane Isaac. Charities such as Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team, working to retrieve pets left behind by evacuees. Many of the charities work on helping disaster victims deal with homelessness and job loss issues, like Coastal Women for Change and Community Center of St. Bernard. The lists of nonprofits covers charities whose missions span from providing food and shelter, to helping the local wildlife recover following the disaster.
July 2, 2012
Hey Nonprofits, we’ve got some great new tools for you! As we close our June Awards and congratulate the winners of our LGBTQ and Children and Families Awards, we’ve put together some screen shot examples of how to use our many badges on your own website. Also if you’ve ever had trouble claiming or updating your nonprofit’s profile, or wondered how to add photos, we hope our new video tour of the process (at end of post) will help you make your GreatNonprofits profile work to get you more attention and reviews.
June 5, 2012
“Numbers numb, jargon jars, and nobody ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. If you really want to reach people and change the world, tell them a story.” – Andy Goodman, Storytelling Best Practices: Websites
We’ve selected these three articles to show how storytelling is an essential element of successful fundraising. Stories are effective because they connect emotionally. And as Roberta Falkner writes, memorable stories can make the stats compelling and take on a life of their own through retelling:
“…Data presented with a compelling story, on the other hand, is inspirational, motivational, and, most of all, memorable. Inspirational and motivational stories compel your prospects to support your cause in some manner. Memorable stories make it easier for supporters to spread the word about you and your cause.” Read more in Non-Profit Fundraising and Storytelling.
In 7 Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Storytelling Katya Andresen and Macon Morehouse describe how to find stories: (more…)
April 10, 2012
This April, we’re working with World Wildlife Fund, Mother Earth News, and Environmental Volunteers to recognize nonprofits protecting the environment and promoting sustainability in the Green Awards. If you want to celebrate Earth Day, show a green nonprofit your support by writing them a review and helping them gain recognition as a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit! Work at a nonprofit? Invite your volunteers and donors to write a review!
April 2, 2012
A story is a great way to give potential donors a personalized insight into what your nonprofit does and the change you’re making in the world. And the most compelling stories can be told by people who know you best – your clients, volunteers, and partners – as well as your existing donors.
In a recent survey, 84% of donors say that reviews are helpful when they are deciding whether or not to give to the nonprofit. And every day new potential donors are flocking to the web to research nonprofits. Won’t you tell them your story?
All you have to do is to encourage your constituents to tell their story about you. Send emails, tweets, Facebook updates with the link to your “Write a Review” page on GreatNonprofits, GuideStar, or CharityNavigator.
Here’s one example of a nonprofit making full use of their reviews. Joell Dunlap, Executive Director of Square Peg Foundation, reported, “reviews have helped us raise $10,000 for our organization. Specifically, Square Peg Foundation has used reviews in grant proposals and letters to donors. She said, “Using reviews by an outside, 3rd party, increases legitimacy of our foundation leading to increased donations.
So far more than 11,000 nonprofits have received a total of over 96,000 reviews. The organizations include the Cancer Schmancer Foundation (218 reviews) and Vounteer USA Foundation Inc. (198 reviews).
Launch your storytelling campaign today. Reach out to people who know your work well and ask them to help tell your story by writing a review. It’s easy, simply direct people to the URL: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/insert-your-nonprofit-name-here
March 30, 2012
Ten of our great animal nonprofits were featured in the article “Top Local Nonprofit of the Month Helping Animals” this March. Readers were asked to vote on their favorite story, and after two weeks of voting, the winner is Hacienda de los Milagros! The Carolina Tiger Rescue, Yggdrasil Urban Wildlife Rescue, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc, and the Lost Dog and Cat Foundation also made the top five. Make sure to read about all ten of these great nonprofits and vote on your own favorite story!
Here’s the story from Hacienda de los Milagros: Monty J., who visited the “teaching and healing animal sanctuary”, said he felt an overwhelming calmness. “We were surrounded by empathetic souls who freed us from all judgements and all fears. The quality of acceptance came in every touch, and in eye contact the gift of understanding was immediately accessible.”
March 26, 2012
This March, we’re proud to partner with Eventbrite in the Los Angeles and Chicago Giveaways! Any nonprofit in these two cities that gets 10 new, positive reviews will become a 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit and be entered into a drawing to win one of ten $500 prizes.
Have you ever volunteered with or donated money to a nonprofit in the L.A. or Chicago metro areas? Take 3 minutes to write them a review to help others discover and support their great work!
Eventbrite will also be hosting a live event in each city featuring thought leaders who will share their insight on social media, fundraising and event planning. Visit Eventbrite to find out more about the Chicago event and Los Angeles event!