How to Make Social Sourced Reviews Work for Your Nonprofit

January 3, 2014 at 07:03am Leave a Comment

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?

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Resolve To Do Good

December 31, 2013 at 12:43pm Leave a Comment

For many of us, ushering in a new year means a chance to transform aspects of our lives. We do that by resolving to do things – lose weight, quit a bad habit, increase physical activity, call our moms more frequently and so on. While they are all great aspirations, all of which are on my list, there is something else that makes for a great resolution – doing good and helping others. (more…)

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Giving Wisely and Joyfully

December 27, 2013 at 09:24pm Leave a Comment

It’s that time of the year! There is just a couple of days remaining in the year to make your charitable donation. The stock market’s been good to many of you this year – so celebrate and give. As they say, “Only by giving are you able to receive more than you already have.”

This year you have so many great choices among organizations to give to. How do you choose?

Here’s a checklist –

1. What issues do you care about? You can make a difference on a wide array of issues. There are many ways in which you can give and make an impact. Your donations could…

  • Provide dental care in communities where no doctors took children under 7 or accepted Medicare: PRASAD
  • Build camp, latrines, provide food and water for families fleeing violence in the Central Condo Republic: International Rescue Committee
  • Bridge the gap between science and policy, provide interesting briefings to Congress, open to the public, about complex energy and environmental issues: Environmental and Energy Study Institute
  • Provide counseling, homework and SAT help: A Place Called Home
  • Match volunteers with people with HIV/AIDS to ensure that men and women do not have to face their illnesses alone: Shanti Project
  • Pay for fees for kids’ activities such as tutoring, summer camp, ballet lessons or ice hockey lessons while their parents are deployed overseas: Our Military Kids.
  • Provide creative writing classes at community libraries for the low-income: LOFT 
  • Rescue and rehabilitate ill and injured seals and sea lions: Marine Mammal Center
  • Help low-income people get medical care that they can afford: Access Partnership

These are just a few examples from the GreatNonprofits 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit List.

2. Go with your heart – are you interested in having a local impact or national? National organizations tend to have more impact in raising awareness and policy-making, and therefore can have broader impacts. The advantage of local giving is that you can get more involved with an organization in addition to donating. There are thousands of nonprofits in each major city providing services ranging from meals for the elderly to legal aid for the low-income. Find your city’s list of nonprofits: AtlantaAustinBoston, ChicagoCleveland,Columbus, DallasDenverHoustonHonoluluNew YorkPittsburghPhiladelphiaPortland,San DiegoSan FranciscoSan JoseSeattleWashington DC and more.

3. Go visit the nonprofit and experience it for yourself. Many nonprofits have community outreach events – and you can drop by and talk to them at their table at the community fair, or at their open house. Walk around and see if you can meet some of the people they serve – talk to them and get a sense of what services they value and their experience with the organization. Sign up to volunteer and see first hand the work of the nonprofit. By volunteering, you will meet other volunteers, even some board members or clients and get to witness their program first-hand.

Just remember, you have just a couple of more days to make your 2013 tax-deductible donation count. Giving unleashes endorphins – so give to a worthy cause, and enjoy the true season of giving!

 

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Truist And GreatNonprofits Announce Partnership

December 23, 2013 at 01:25pm Leave a Comment

Leading Provider of Corporate Philanthropy Solutions to Source Data from Top Charity Review Site

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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GreatNonprofits Unveils 2013 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in Chicago

December 17, 2013 at 01:22pm Leave a Comment

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 just released the 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofits List for Chicago. (more…)

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GreatNonprofits Unveils 2013 Top-Rated List of Nonprofits in San Francisco

December 17, 2013 at 01:16pm Leave a Comment

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…)

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This Giving Season, Find a Worthy Charity with Online Reviews

December 12, 2013 at 04:05pm Leave a Comment

 

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

December 11, 2013 at 03:11pm Leave a Comment

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…)

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

December 10, 2013 at 01:47pm Leave a Comment

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…)

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Keep It Simple: Lessons On Feedback Tools for Nonprofits

November 21, 2013 at 11:24am Leave a Comment

In the 6 years in which my organization, GreatNonprofits, has been collecting beneficiary feedback, we’ve gleaned some lessons. A wide range of nonprofits from cancer support organizations to after-school programs to arts organizations use our tool to collect feedback. These nonprofits range in size and audience from small, grassroots organizations, to well-known international nonprofits. (more…)

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