WiserEarth

Rating: 4.63 stars   82 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education

Location: 3145 Geary Boulevard PMB #741 San Francisco CA 94118 USA

Mission: Wiser is a free online community space connecting the people, nonprofits and businesses working toward a just and sustainable world.
Results: We’ve launched our site in 7 new languages, gathered face-to-face in 13 countries, and achieved a local presence on four continents: South America, North America, Europe and Africa. We’ve grown our user base by 15% and our member-created groups by 17%. Our community’s voice has been heard in Brazil, Mexico, France, India, Liberia, the United Kingdom and beyond. Followers of our social media channels have also expanded: our Facebook fan base has exploded 153%, Twitter followers by 25%, and blog readership has grown by 36% since December 2009. We’ve also implemented a new streamlined homepage! We’re seeing a higher rate of member signups since the languages launch, and best of all, greater engagement within our community in member groups! Here is what one of the Wiser community member has to say: Tola Winjobi, a member from Nigeria: "Wiser has given those of us from the global South the rare opportunity of being a part of the big but yet small global village in terms of e-connectivity and especially creating a forum (free web forum) for us to share ideas with our colleagues up North."
Geographic areas served: Nationwide, Global

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the WiserEarth team in the summer to do an internship focused on development and donor relations. I was looking for an opportunity to get more involved in writing and to learn how a non-profit operates. And I definitely got to experience both of these aspects in a short time. From the internship orientation, structure, management, and objectives, I definitely feel like the work I do contributes to the organization.

My experience has been absolutely wonderful. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly. It's a very positive work environment. I also have been able to work directly on grant proposals. All of the projects I have been working on have been very hands-on and have helped me career wise.

The team is international but the office is based in San Francisco and very conveniently located close to the ferry building and BART/Muni Embarcadero stops.

I would strongly recommend anyone who would like to gain more experience in the non-profit sector-- to apply for an internship here. Your time will be valued and appreciated and you'll get to work with great people. And you'll garner great experience in the field.

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2013

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Rating: 3 stars  

It has been a few months since I first decided to volunteer with Wiser as an editor for some web content. It is an organization with a wide reach and volunteers and editors making big and small contributions to bring a change. The organization believes in maintaining a constant contact with its volunteers and letting each one contribute the maximum possible according to his/her own strength areas. The volunteer coordinators have been doing a remarkable job managing the volunteer resources they have and showcasing the good work by the org. An org with volunteers and contributors from world over, it certainly has a long way to go !!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's been almost a year since I became a volunteer at Wiser.org, and it's been pleasure to be a part of this organizatization. People are super nice and friendly. I learned a lot here and I had good experience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am volunteering as a German translator with Wiser and it has been a pleasure doing so. Laura and Peggy are very dedicated and also show a lot of professionalism towards managing the volunteer staff. As a volunteer with a full time job and a full time family this is especially important, but also encouraging, since it proofs that everybody can do it. Part of the translation work involves transcribing newsletters, but it is also impressive how the staff at Wiser continually looks at different ways of connecting and decreasing language barriers, of course. For example, translation work also extends to transcribing video subtitles for tutorials into other languages, so they are really looking at all the new technology that is available to get the message spread even more and get like minded folks from everywhere connected. Great job. Great idea behind it.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I've joint WiserEarth for more than half a year. During this process, I've got to know more about international NGOs through the platform provided by Wiser.org. I was a translator and information in the past 6 months and now I'm working as an intern coordinator, I've solidified a group of volunteers with shared interests and values. I do feel delighted to have many Chinese young adults get involved in WiserEarth and focus more on sustainability.
My team do hope to enlarge the influence of Wiserchina through our efforts and make it a better world through joint efforts from all around the world.

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

enlarge its influence by various means like propaganda via social network in larger scale. and I would like to make it easier for Chinese people to log in its websites.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering with Wiser in late 2012. I found them through Sparked, a website that hosts microvolunteers and pairs them with non-profits based on their skills, talents and interests. I saw a call for volunteers there from Wiser and looked into them- I found their mission to be compelling and I loved how grassroots they were. I decided to join and immediately was enchanted by their passion, dedication and willingness to learn from their volunteers.

One thing that really stuck out to me was how their volunteer coordinator took a personal interest in her volunteers. I could tell it wasn't just a job for her and she genuinely cared about me as a person and didn't just want to see what she could get out of me to use for her organization, but wanted to help me develop my personal interests and passions and worked to make sure I would get something out of my experience at Wiser.

They also included me in a lot of their organizational decision making. I got to help design and implement a blog series, based on their Women's Day Campaign that I helped with. They included me in naming it, in finding people to interview and in interviewing and writing the articles myself. It was so inspiring to see that they wanted to include me in their structural processes, since in most other volunteer positions that I've had, I was always more of a worker bee.

I can't recommend Wiser or the Wiser team enough...they are dynamic, personable, organized, passionate and dedicated. I'm truly blessed to work with them!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I came into contact with Wiser by replying to a Craigslist ad asking for a volunteer in the office to help them transition into a paperless office. Laura (the volunteer coordinator) responded promptly, and we spoke on the phone before confirming that I would be coming in to help. She was extremely friendly, and I was excited to start working with the nonprofit. Coming in, I was treated with the utmost warmth by everybody in the office - Laura, Jane, Alex (two interns), and Peggy (the executive director). While my duties are limited to organizing, scanning and shredding the paper files, through my research in my own time and working directly in their office, I have come to appreciate the nonprofit for their purpose(s). However, I believe that a majority of this particular nonprofit's strength comes from the people who are working within; of the ones I've been fortunate enough to meet thus far, all have exuded a passion for the cause.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I donate to WiserEarth because I know my donation will have an impact. WiserEarth's work is uniquely universal; its networking platform and community-building initiatives can be leveraged by anyone - NGOs, grassroots leaders, community activists, etc. - anywhere in the world, free of charge. Couple that with the low number of staff (who are incredibly talented and motivated) and you won't find another organization that does so much with so little. I will happily donate to WiserEarth this fiscal year and will continue to do so in the coming years.

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Likely

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

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I was brought to Wiser.org headquarters through a volunteer ad I answered on Craigslist. They wanted a Super Star scanner to help them 'green the office'. It immediately appealed to me for both a volunteer positions helping someone, and the fact that they wanted to help themselves, help earth by going 'green & paperless' I feel like i'm fortunate to have been able to meet Peggy, Laura & Alex face to face, as i quickly learned in my first couple of days, that they have volunteers that reach around the world. I left there with 3 new friends and a Wiser.org profile, that I can now keep in touch and continue to do my part to help them and THE cause. GO WISER!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am in the midst of a career change into environmental work and I have been volunteering at WiserEarth since October. My volunteer experience has been fabulous due to the staff and the important mission of the organization. The staff at WiserEarth made me feel welcome from the start and found the most appropriate work for me based on my interests. The organization's online community, Wiser.org, has introduced me to the vast number of meaningful projects taking place around the world. The website provides an environment for me to communicate and collaborate with like-minded individuals. The spirit of cooperation and sharing permeates the entire organization due to the commitment of the WiserEarth staff, volunteers, and Wiser.org members. It has been a true pleasure to volunteer for WiserEarth and I look forward to continuing this meaningful work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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