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Keep It Simple: Lessons On Feedback Tools for Nonprofits

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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Over $200k Awarded From Crowdrise Holiday Challenge

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.
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How To Help — And Not To Help — The Philippines

The enormity of the human tragedy and pain caused by Typhoon Haiyan is splashed across every news site and TV. As we think about how we can help, there are several lessons we’ve learned from Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian Tsunami and the Haiti earthquake to remember. (more…)

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Give Hope & Joy this Holiday Season!

By contributing writer Amanda Howard, and Brad Jamison, contributing writer and founder of Good Citizen

Christmas time is often called “the most wonderful time of the year” and I couldn’t agree more. I LOVE Christmas – the traditions, time with family and friends, gift giving, cooking, eating, singing holiday favorites, church on Christmas Eve and more.

Now, there is another side of this time of year that has gotten a bit out of control – the commercial side. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to the commercial side of the holidays. I love giving gifts to those I love – I get a thrill out of finding just the right thing, big or small, and presenting it to them. But, I do think it has gone too far, as the hope and joy seem to have been replaced by greed and selfishness.

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Happy Holidays and Thank you!

Happy Holidays!

It’s been our privilege to serve you this year. We want to see you succeed – inspire and inform more supporters and use feedback to have great impact.  Below are some highlights from this past year and what is to come in 2014. Thank you for using GreatNonprofits!

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Give Wisely This Season of Giving!

GreatNonprofits Publishes 2013 Top-Rated Charity List

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[1] is expected to be donated to nonprofits.  The Top-Rated List of nonprofits helps donors find worthy charities. (more…)

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Cheers to Charity: Helping Around the Holidays

Pine trees.  Gilded glass ornaments.  Big gold boxes wrapped with shiny red ribbons.  The image of the holidays we have is one of people cozying up next to the fireplace stockings in their knitted reindeer sweaters with a plate of gingerbread cookies in one hand and a present in the other.

For most of us, our biggest worry is whether to buy the green scarf or the blue scarf for our mother-in-law, or which Lego kit was the one our son wanted.  Yet for many others, presents are the last thing on their minds this holiday season – they’re just thinking about how to last the winter months with enough food and warm clothing.

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Serving On a Nonprofit Board

Most of us reach a point in our careers where we need a new challenge. A little change once in a while spices up our lives and motivates our work. What better way to introduce change than to inspire change by serving on a nonprofit board?  Nonprofit board members witness the social impact of their great causes while also offering advice, oversight and support. Read on to learn about an array of benefits that come with serving on a nonprofit board.

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Top 5 Reasons for Joining in #GivingTuesday!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and soon we’ll be finding ourselves caught up in the shopping madness of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Thankfully, #GivingTuesday, a movement that promotes giving back to kickoff the holiday season, gives everyone the opportunity to experience the true meaning of giving. (more…)

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Wreaths Across America Strives to Honor Veterans Every Day

“To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen. To be lost is not the worst that can happen… to be forgotten is the worse.” – Pierre Claeyssen

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An important yet often-overlooked holiday is rapidly approaching.  Veterans Day, a federal holiday honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces, falls on November 11. But it tends to be neglected in the frenzy between Halloween and Thanksgiving. (more…)

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First Bi-Directional API for Nonprofit Sector About to Launch

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By Craig Newmark: contributing writer and founder of Craigslist.

Hey, I’m always excited about technology for social good. My motto for craigconnects is using technology to give the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. Recently, I invested in GreatNonprofits.org to create a Yelp for nonprofits.

I asked Perla Ni, of GreatNonprofits to write a guest blog post about this investment I’ve made. (more…)

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How Much Money To Leave Your Children?


“I want to leave my kids with enough money for college and also to buy a house in Palo Alto. But that’s it. I’m giving away the rest.”

“I’m going to pay for my kids to go to college and grad school, and also for my grandkids to do the same.”

“I’m working hard now so that my kids won’t have to. I wouldn’t want my kids to struggle like I had to. I’m leaving them all of my money.”

–These are just three different answers from my friends on the question of how much money do you plan to leave to your kids? (more…)

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Fourth Graders Near Goal to Build a School in Kenya

Students at a private academy bordering Silicon Valley, Calif., bustle about a sprawling campus evocative of a country club. But amid this campus dotted with tennis courts and a pool, a cadre of fourth-graders has quietly mobilized to personally raise $7,000 toward building a school for their far-less privileged peers in Kenya, under the auspices of the Free The Children international charity and educational partner. (more…)

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5 Strategies for Choosing the Right Charity

David Bakke, a Money Crashers contributor, discusses strategies to save money and find ways to give back and make a difference.

When it comes to choosing the right charity, you’re going to want to do your homework. Because of recent economic struggles, Americans have less disposable income on-hand to donate to our favorite causes than we once did. This means that when you do donate, you want to make sure ever dollar counts. To make sure you direct your charitable dollars to the right place, follow these five tips… (more…)

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2013 Top-Rated Organizations Feeding the Hungry

2013 Top Rated Organizations Feeding the HungryWith the change of season, most of us start thinking about wooly sweaters and hearty bowls of steaming soup. As the days grow shorter, we smile at the warm lights in the window beckoning us home.  But what about those who aren’t as lucky?

In April, 2013, Joel Berg of the NYC Coalition against Hunger said that 50 million Americans, including nearly 17 million children live in food insecure homes.  These kids are skipping breakfast and eating junk food, which is cheaper than healthier alternatives.  It’s a daunting problem, but we all can make a difference! (more…)

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Get The Most Out of #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofits cultural and community center in New York. The idea is to inspire giving and help charities nation-wide.  How? By creating a daylong national effort to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season – and do so right on the heals of Cyber Monday and Black Friday.  This is a big deal for nonprofits as last year alone the movement drew donations to about 2,600 nonprofits. (more…)

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Treat, No Tricks This Halloween

When it comes to Halloween, we definitely recommend choosing to treat rather than trick – but this year, put a twist on the old mantra by treating someone else!  With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner it’s easy to overlook this spooky night, but Halloween has just as much potential to be a great holiday for giving back to the community. (more…)

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Building a Digitally Literate Community

Content provided by: TechSoup
Author: ginnymies

In early education, children learn the fundamentals of reading and writing in order to communicate, collaborate, and contribute in the world. But what if kids learned basic tech skills along with reading storybooks and taking spelling tests? And what if a person, regardless of age, could learn anything from typing to HTML to using an iPad without any cost or accessibility barriers? Libraries, nonprofits, and schools are already working hard to teach digital skills and competency, but they need support of the entire community to help people thrive in the technology age. (more…)

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