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Get ready for International Friendship Day on August 3!

What is Friendship Day, you ask?

Friendship Day was originally promoted by Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark cards in 1930 and later revitalized in 1998 by Nane Annan, wife of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public information and Disney Enterprises, and was co-hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford. Believe it or not, Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations!

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The Surprising Truth Behind Beneficiary Feedback

Article written By Shuo Xie & Kris Sankaran

New research suggests that the feedback of nonprofit clients is less biased than many think.

In the business world, collecting user feedback has become a rule of thumb. It enables companies to improve products or services, and strengthen relationships with clients. The social sector also recognizes the importance of collecting and responding to client feedback, but critics cast doubt on its validity, citing “courtesy bias”—the tendency for people to give answers they think the asker wants to hear. (more…)

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Summer Exchange Programs

While we’re in the heat of the summer, we realize it might be too late to plan for this year’s student exchange program, but it’s never too late to start planning for next year or the year after!

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Tips for Using Quotes and Reviews in Your Content Strategy

In a recent blog post  7 Tips for Using Quotes for Your Nonprofit’s Content Strategy, Beth Kanter provides compelling reasons and extremely helpful tips for using  quotes as an integral element in your strategy.

As the author states, “Audiences love inspirational, relevant, and timely quotes, especially if created in graphic, visual format.”

Why not expand that idea a bit and include reviews as well? Here’s a recap of the seven tips for using quotes; you can apply them to reviews as well.

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Organizations with Volunteer Programs for Kids

In a recent blog post, Helping Kids Make a Difference, we covered simple ways to get kids involved in philanthropy and giving – ideas as simple as a peanut butter and jelly drive or fostering an animal.  We’re following on to that blog post by highlighting a few Top-Rated nonprofits using our site. 

Check out these top-rated nonprofits and learn how kids are participating in their volunteer activities!

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Helping Kids Make a Difference

It’s Never Too Early to Help

It’s easy to forget how lucky we are.  We get in a particular groove, driving the kids to school, cheering them on at sporting events, helping them with homework. But are we teaching them how to pitch in and help others who are not as fortunate? How do they learn that not every child can ask a parent for basketball shoes and have them in time for next team practice? Do our kids realize that the crystal-clear drinking water that comes out of the tap is not an endless flow?

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Converting Employees into Brand Ambassadors

Article by Catchafire.org

Your most valuable advocates may be closer to home than you realize.

With a little encouragement, you can turn your employees into active brand ambassadors who strengthen your brand recognition, attract potential hires, impress new donors, and connect top influencers with your cause.

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Q & A with David Lansdowne

published by Emerson & Church

 

Many of us are apologetic when asking – as if we’re asking the donor to give as a personal favor to us. That’s not what we’re doing.  We’re seeking help for a worthy cause. Why can’t we seem to approach it that way?

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Leveraging Social Media to Showcase Impact in the Nonprofit Sector

It’s no surprise that social media is big and it’s here to stay. While we know you’re probably already using social media to the hilt, we want to help you maximize your potential on dynamic platforms and highlight your amazing work. Since the GreatNonprofits mission is to help nonprofits showcase stories of impact, we thought what better way to do this than by surveying our nonprofits to see how they are using social media to showcase their reviews and ratings. Read on for more. If you can’t find yourself below, but are marketing yourselves well on social media, click here to tell us about it and we’ll share your story. (more…)

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Nonprofits Supporting Our Cultural Heritage

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.

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Give Kids The World, a 2013 Top-Rated Winner, Leverages Social Media to Spread the Love


Amid Central Florida attractions such as Walt Disney World and SeaWorld lies Give Kids The World Village, a 70-acre nonprofit storybook resort that hosts children with life-threatening diseases, along with their families.  Founded in 1986 by Henri Landwirth, a successful hotelier who survived five years as a child in Auschwitz, children come here from every state and 75 countries for complimentary vacations, intended as a respite from the weight of their illnesses. In addition to accommodations in one of the Village’s 144 villas, their vacation includes  meals, entertainment and donated tickets to nearby attractions like SeaWorld, Universal Orlando Resort  and Walt Disney World. (more…)

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Most Often Asked Questions About Donor Communications

Article written by Tom Ahern

I’ve found that most donors just browse – they don’t really read our materials. Considering the time and cost involved, why keep sending them?

I teach a workshop called “Writing for Results.” It’s about winning new donors and keeping existing donors. The first thing I tell the audience is this: donor communications are NOT about reading; donor communications are about getting people to ACT on your behalf — either now or later. What does a newsletter do for a charity? It helps retain donors. Not because they read the articles and decide they’ll stay, but because you show how you love and need them as they skim the photos and headlines. (more…)

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Let’s Go! It’s Earthday

Earth Day is coming up. Spring and spring fever are in the air. Kids are getting anxious for summer to come. Why not start planning outings that combine awareness of our fragile environment with the joys of the great outdoors?  GreatNonprofits provides information about environmental organizations with great programs for kids. What captures the imagination of your kids? Is it caring for animals, learning about whales, looking at fossils? (more…)

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Florida Nonprofit Helps Homeless, Earns 178 Reviews and Five-Star Rating

Amid the woods and swamps of rural Citrus Country, Fla., Mission in Citrus—a small nonprofit offering homeless shelters and services—has garnered a whopping 178 reviews on GreatNonprofits.  Despite the fact that it operates on a shoestring budget with two paid employees, Mission in Citrus also receives an average rating of five stars (the highest rating possible). We inquired with its founder, Pastor James Sleighter, to learn more about how Mission in Citrus earns such high marks from those it serves. (more…)

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The Most Recommended Online Grants Management System to Source Reviews from Top Charity Review Site

Foundant added to GreatNonprofits API Partner List

REDWOOD CITY, CA, April 2, 2014 – Foundant Technologies, provider of the most recommended online grants management system, Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM), and GreatNonprofits, the largest social review site for charities, announced a partnership today to share data across their platforms.

“Foundant Technologies believes in transparency and listening. We practice this every day with our clients. Now we’re excited to bring a new level of transparency through third party feedback from GreatNonprofits,” says Daren Nordhagen, President of Foundant Technologies. “GreatNonprofits takes a uniquely social approach to how charities are evaluated, getting crowd sourced reviews similar to the ones used on sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor to help their users choose nonprofits.” (more…)

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About the 2014 Top-Rated Awards

 

Top Rated Awards: Coming April, 2014

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards has been running since 2009. Think of the program like a people’s choice awards where volunteers, donors and people served by the great work of each and every nonprofit can cast their vote in the form of a review to express their appreciation and potentially win nonprofits a spot on the List.  Read about the previous Top-Rated winners.

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Spring Cleaning for Social Good!

Four Ways Your Spring Cleaning Can Be Used For Social Good.

Housebound by bad weather? Why not do a little pre-emptive spring cleaning. Start small; maybe you have a linen closet or a bookshelf that could use some pruning. Don’t think of it as chore, but as a way to pass along items you no longer need to someone in need. Here are four things you can do: donate books, linens, clothing, or if you’re selling on eBay, donate a portion of the proceeds. You’ll be surprised how good you’ll feel and how much you can help. (more…)

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Feedback in the Nonprofit Sector

In the business world, it’s the magic number that executives follow. It’s the metric that tells companies what products need to be improved, what products need to be revised and which ones are doing well. The Net Promoter Score is the one-step customer satisfaction survey that more and more businesses use to measure success. NPS has won over many of the world’s largest businesses – for instance, Apple, eBay, and LinkedIn use NPS to improve their services.

Higher customer satisfaction is linked with higher product quality. For example, Apple’s NPS was 58 in 2007, when it began measuring, and by 2011 its stores had reached an average of 72. During the same time, their revenue skyrocketed from $20,000 million to nearly $115,000 million. Most companies average an NPS of around 20-30, while other high performing businesses like Charles Schwab, Amazon, and Costco reach 50-80. (more…)

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