Benevolent

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Philanthropy

Location: 820 Davis Street, #409 Evanston IL 60201 USA

Mission: The mission of Benevolent is to bring dignity and self-determination to both sides of the giving equation, illuminating the realities of life on the edge of sustainability.
Results: Since inception, we've helped 140 individuals meet their one-time needs, over 600 family members benefit from those met needs, over 400 nonprofit caseworkers help clients meet a need when they had no other resources to do so, over 100 small dollar donors learn more about life in low-income situations, and help someone move beyond an obstacle to reach their goals.
Target demographics: People living in low-income circumstances making progress toward personal goals and self-sufficiency
Geographic areas served: Throughout the United States
Programs: Benevolent is an online platform focused on helping low-income individuals so they can move forward towards a better situation for their families. Benevolent uses a crowd-giving model raising funds for needs such as bus fare during the first few months of a new job, furniture for a new apartment after homelessness or domestic violence, a certification class to qualify for a better job, and other one-time needs. By giving people the chance to tell their own stories - in partnership with nonprofits nationwide - together we work towards individual success.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

An an Intern for a non-profit organization located in the Uptown Area of Chicago we have a high volume of clients and we do not offer any financial assistance. However, it can be extremely frustrating when barriers prevent us from working successfully with clients and prevent them from achieving their own goals. Our partnership with Benevolent has broken down some of these barriers. One of our clients was able to get a cane for walking, another a pair of shoes to get around while another was able to get help with moving costs so he could move into a subsidized unit. For many of these requests we had nowhere else to turn and had exhausted our options with other services and organizations offered in the city - we have been so incredibly pleased with our partnership with Benevolent.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our partnership with Benvolent has been a extremly positive experience from the very begining! We have had great succeess with getting the needs of our parents met through the Benevolent website. Because of Benevolent our parents have been able to take steps they were not able to take on their own to further their education. As the Parent Coordinator at an elementary school in Chicago i am daily reaching out to parents and families, hearing the needs and challenges they are having and Benevolent is at the top of my list of resources. The whole process of getting needs posted to the website is very easy and the Benevolent staff is always just an email or call away for help or further direction if needed.

Sincerely,

Annie Matyi
Parent Coordinator
Erie Elementary Charter School

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work as an intern for an organization that validates needs for Benevolent. In the few months we have been working with them, they have helped change the lives of many of the best people I know. I know that sounds cliche (and it probably is), but Benevolent is truly a blessing for the city of Charlotte. They are fair, smart, and use their resources wisely to help our neediest neighbors. What more can you ask for from a nonprofit?

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure there's a Benevolent office in every major city in the U.S.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Benevolent has taken making dreams come true to a different level. Being in position to assist in making someone's impossible goal become a reality is awesome. Their process is effortless which makes it even the more worthwhile. I'm very grateful for Benevolent, their donors and all efforts made to meet the needs of individuals who are struggling but perservering to make their lives and their family's lives better!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Benevolent has helped some of our homeless and vulnerably-housed clients take a big leap toward financial independence.

Our conversations, meetings and communication with Benevolent representatives have been informative, prompt and positive.

We're excited about what's next!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to assist families in applying for services with Benevolent and the experience has been nothing short of wonderful. From the start of the process to get the information about the program , to guidance with assisting my client in recording the video, submitting the vidoe, and validating it; it has truly been an awesome experience!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My approach to charitable giving is finding smaller organizations that have personal relationships within the community. That is not to say, for example, the Red Cross does not build personal relationships with the people they serve, but I don't think a larger, national organization is able to do nearly as good of a job as Benevolent does when it comes to personal interaction and real, lasting connections with community members. Learning about the person I donated to made me feel more committed to her well being, and to her achieving her financial goal. I also appreciate how Benevolent updates you about the person you helped, and allows you to keep up with the person's fundraising progress.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've donated to a few needs on the Benevolent site since learning about the organization this past summer. It's easy to get caught up in your own world and I find that the stories posted on the site help bring me back down to earth. Benevolent's platform help remind me of where I've been and the opportunities allotted to me via the support of individuals and programs in my community. Returning the favor and supporting individuals looking to move their lives forward is the least I could do.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Benevolent gave me the opportunity to take actually a specific person of my choosing with the money that I would've probably spent eating out. Once I donated, and after the need was fully funded, I received a thank-you email from the recipient along with an update on how she was doing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

suggest they get a mobile app!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

LWalker...This agency has been a truly amazing support to the people we service. As a validator for our non-profit the Benevolent Agency has been and will be a continued asset in helping others. I am a non-profit professional that loves what i do but understands the needs of the communities are great and it takes us all to work together to address these issues pleaguing the country. The Benevolent is an agency that lives that and proves that through there work daily. They are definitely a beacon of light that is not only needed but very much appreciated in this fight for social, educational, emotional and economical change.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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