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Listening to Beneficiaries

Leave a Comment 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.

Do Nothing About Me Without Me

Leave a Comment May 23, 2012

When you make a purchase online, or grab a meal at a new restaurant, it’s likely that you think about writing a review; either positive or negative. Writing and reading reviews online has become a practice pervasive in our everyday lives as consumers. Why not use this model to also assess the efficacy of social welfare programs? GreatNonprofits CEO Perla Ni seeks to address this question in a recent article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. (more…)


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