June 28, 2013
Let July 4th inspire you to do social good this year! In the spirit of appreciating your independence and challenging yourself to uphold the equality and patriotism of this day, here are some ways to give back to the community and to the country.
The Hugs Project
1. Show our troops some love.
What better way to give back this Independence Day than by honoring the men and women who have fought for our freedom? Take a moment to appreciate and thank our troops all around the world for their dedicated service to our country. Send a care package to a soldier stationed in the Middle East through The Hugs Project or donate your gently used mp3 players or monetary contributions to The Silver Star Families of America, which funds and assists injured, ill, and dying troops.
Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children
2. Spend some time with your family…and help out another family in need.
National holidays are times when the whole family can relax and enjoy time together. Take some time to appreciate your family members, and to understand that there are countless other families that are struggling to find stability in their lives. Lend a helping hand to these families today, whether by inviting your neighbors to a backyard barbecue or making a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home for Children, which helps military and veteran families find positive change in times of crisis.
Project on Government Oversight
3. Celebrate your independence.
We celebrate Independence Day to commemorate the freedoms, rights, and opportunities established by our Founding Fathers that we still enjoy to this day. This year, resolve to stay informed about the decisions our government is making for us and stand up for your liberties. Look into organizations like the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that champions government reform.
Civil War Trust
4. Educate yourself about the past to succeed in and inspire the future.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Mull over George Santayana’s words of wisdom while deciding how best to make a lasting impact this 4th of July. Preserve a vital part of America’s history with the Civil War Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving Civil War battlegrounds and educating the public about the important role these lands played in shaping our country. Support efforts to educate our next generation of leaders in a socially responsible way, such as Operation Understanding DC’s mission to build a community of young leaders who work to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination.
5. Volunteer to help with your local celebration.
Love the fireworks, parades, or picnics your town organizes every year for July 4th? This year start giving back at the local level and volunteer to help decorate, plan, or otherwise make your annual celebration a blast. Search your zip code on greatnonprofits.org to find charities and nonprofits close to home that may be hosting special Independence Day events or browse volunteermatch.com to find out what you can do to volunteer for your local festivities.
May 6, 2013
Did you know that your local Little League is a nonprofit?
You visit nonprofits more often than you might think. Have you been to a museum lately? How about services at your local church or synagogue? Or maybe your children play sports in Little League? Many public libraries are supported by nonprofit foundations and even some zoos and aquariums.
So, you’ve probably visited a nonprofit this week without even knowing it! GreatNonprofits lists every 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the country. That means your neighborhood place of worship, library, favorite museum and little league can all be reviewed on our site! Now is the time to write reviews about your local nonprofits. The easiest way to help nonprofits in your community get more attention and funding is to write a quick review today! Plus they could win a spot on our 2013 Top-Rated List. Start by searching by your zip code.
May 3, 2013
Donors to charities are often advised to give to an organization only if the money goes directly to program expenses, rather than to administrative ones. We want to feel like our money is directly cleaning up a waterway, tutoring kids after school or feeding the homeless, not going toward admin costs.
But do the most effective groups actually spend less on administrative costs? A new study points to just the opposite. The analysis uses data compiled by GiveWell. The group ranked nonprofits using criteria such as impact and cost-effective activities. The nonprofits that the group would recommend ended up spending more on administrative costs on average than those that the group would not recommend.
March 18, 2013
When was the last time you checked in on a neighbor? Been awhile? According to a new survey published in Atlantic Monthly, you aren’t alone.
The survey showed that, regardless of income level, the one community resource that most people felt they lacked was “kind, supportive neighbors.”
And community and environment can actually play a role in overall health and happiness.
How connected are you to your local community? Can you name a local nonprofit helping your community? See what happened when we asked some locals to name a nonprofit near them.
Find an organization in your community using our thousands of city pages. Start here with our zip code search. If you’ve spent time at a local nonprofit, share your story here by writing a review.
March 15, 2013
Feel like you don’t have the time to volunteer? A study published in Psychological Science revealed that doing something nice for others can actually give you a sense of having more time to spend.
When folks take the time to help someone else, they know it’s time well-spent. The study showed that when people feel like they’ve done something worthwhile with their time, however busy they may be, they also feel like they have more time.
Spending time on others actually gave subjects in the study more feelings of “time affluence” than actually having more free time. The study also compared feelings of time affluence after subjects simply wasted time or spent time on themselves. Doing for others won out.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your schedule, one of the most effective ways to feel like you have more time is to spend it helping others. Why not find a new place to volunteer near you?
Find a nonprofit that needs help near you. (We make it easy with our zip code search.)
Giving your time may just help you as much as your community.
March 5, 2013
Can you think of a local nonprofit in your city? Can you guess how many nonprofits are near you? We decided to do an experiment: we walked around our San Francisco Bay Area offices to find a few long-time locals. Could they name a single Bay Area nonprofit? Did they have an idea of how many nonprofits were in the area?
The results? Check them out below:
So, can you name a local nonprofit in your town? Use GreatNonprofits to find a local nonprofit!
If you’ve volunteered or donated to a nonprofit near you, have you written a review about that nonprofit to help others learn about it?
February 21, 2013
GreatNonprofits was recently highlighted in a Stanford Social Innovation Review article about why beneficiary voice is so important to the nonprofit sector. Written by Fay Twersky of the Hewlett Foundation and Phil Buchanan and Valerie Threlfall of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, the article discusses why the views and experiences of the people who benefit from social programs are often overlooked and underappreciated. These views are an invaluable source of insight into a program’s effectiveness.
In bypassing the beneficiary as a source of information and experience, we deprive ourselves of insights into how we might do better—insights that are uniquely grounded in the day-to-day experiences of the very people the programs are created for. In order to get these insights, GreatNonprofits provides a platform for clients served to tell their stories, both the the public and the organization that is providing services.
Read the full article here.
October 31, 2012
Superstorm Sandy has created chaos on the East Coast. Now you can help those affected begin the long and slow process of recovery and you can support those in need. Millions are still without electricity and transportation and many have homes under water and nowhere to go.
Check out these highly-rated national and local nonprofits helping Sandy victims. Your donation can help these nonprofits provide necessary food, shelter, health and medical aid. These organizations have been highly-rated by volunteers, donors and actual people helped by these charities. (more…)
August 27, 2012
Want to volunteer or intern at a great New York City non-profit? Whether you’re new to New York 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 New York 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 New York 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 27, 2012
Want to volunteer or intern at a great San Francisco non-profit? Whether you’re new to San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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.