5 For Fairness

Rating: 4.95 stars   39 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: PO Box 491623 Los Angeles CA 90049 USA

Mission: We support organizations making the world fair for women and girls.
Results: We've given 7 $5000 grants to wonderful organizations making the world fair for girls.
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 for Fairness is an engaging community that fosters both awareness and change. The volunteers and interns are all genuinely interested and dedicated to women's causes, which makes them all wonderful and fun to work with. The site gets easier and easier to use each year, and creates a win/win situation for everyone who participates: even the causes that do not win a $5000 grant get lots of exposure to an ideal demographic: people who are interested in women's causes and care about having a positive impact on the globe. And because $5000 grants are being given away more and more frequently, being apart of this site really has made me feel the time I spend on it is meaningful. All in all, a phenomenal site run by phenomenal people.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

We all want to give back and Five for Fairness makes it so easy. They are an incredible organization based on a genius model that makes it possible for even the laziest philanthropic minded person to engage. I love their focus on women and girls to make for a more equal and just world. This non-profit is one that everyone should join. It takes just a little bit of money ($5)!!! to feel a part of the bigger picture.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Five for Fairness is an incredible organization. I have been working with them for about a year now and i find it absolutely fascinating and inspiring. Not only does one amazing organization get a 5000 dollar grant every cycle, but the other teams in the run get their voice heard by so many in social communities. Women are empowered through so many different organizations that come together on this wonderful non profit website!

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found 5 for Fairness after my mom (Solar Sister) won a grant cycle. I saw how this helped my mom's nonprofit and I decided right then and there that I wanted to help other social entrepreneurs make a difference in the world. This is such a great opportunity to become more aware of how people are really making an impact and addressing the problems of the world. For example, I interviewed the founder of the Orchid Project, Julia Lalla-Maharajh, and learned a lot about Female Genital Cutting (FGC) which I had not known about. Without 5 For Fairness I would never have known about how girls my own age are subjected to this dangerous and demeaning practice in some places in the world. It means a lot to me to be able to learn and understand about these issues. With 5 for Fairness I can get involved to help address these issues. There is a lot of behind the scene action which is what the interns do and it can be sometimes very hard to keep up with the work but it is rather gratifying when it is all done.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

So happy to have found a way to be involved with 5 for Fairness. This is a great way for people to become aware of projects around the world that help women's causes for a $5 donation. I became aware of 5 for Fairness as my daughter was interning for Voice for Girls in India. Camp Voice was entered as a non-profit to win a $5000 grant. We worked hard in the first cycle and didn't win, but the second time I was involved Camp Voice got enough vote to win! I think this brings awareness to all the groups that are in the running for the grant.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for Orchid Project, a UK-based international charity working for an end to female genital cutting, and we discovered 5 For Fairness when Anna approached us via Twitter - Orchid Project went on to join the Mary Norton Shands grant cycle and ultimately to win the $5000 grant in June 2011, to our delight. 5 For Fairness is a fantastic charity for raising awareness with a new audience, and for inspiring people to feel more involved with the charities they are supporting. We were able to test our messaging and our approach to fundraising, and to spread the message that there is hope for an end to female genital cutting around the world, through positive engagement with communities - fulfilling our charitable objective of awareness-raising as much as our fundraising aim. 5 For Fairness is an exciting fundraising model because it's different, and fosters a real sense of involvement with potential donors and it's a wonderful thing to have been a part of.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our fundraising. 5 For Fairness has enabled Orchid Project to raise awareness about female genital cutting, and ultimately the grant will support our grassroots delivery work with partners in West Africa.

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

clarify how the system works. I think the difference between supporting a Team and then voting for a Team needs to be a bit clearer. Nothing more!

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Hi Ruthie and thanks so much for your review. We are going to make exactly the change you would like to see for our next grant cycle. When new members join, they won't need to "support" a Team any more, only vote for it when the voting begins. Thanks again for being such a wonderful and inspiring advocate for Orchid Project and...congratulations on winning the grant!

Rating: 5 stars  

5forfairness is an incredible organization. Not only does it help those who receive the grant, but it provides great experiences and opportunities for the volunteers involved.

So glad to be a part of it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am one of the Team leaders. A new and wonderful organization has been brought to my attention and I'm able to contribute. I am also learning social networking and management skills.

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

Try and find a fairer way of recruiting Team members. For example, Team leaders and volunteers have the opportunity to polish their organizations and then all will be released the same day and 5fer members can decide that that point without having been exposed earlier.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Anna McDonnell brings a nurturing, giving, highly researched, intelligent 'real human dimension' to everything she touches. I think, in founding "5 For Fairness" she has been clever to make all barriers to entry low. The ground swell has been huge and as Anna intended, people are 'educating themselves and each other and helping find solutions' that are most definitely going to make a difference! This is NOT a 'throw money at it without involvement or too much thought' kind of philanthropy . Through a lot of hard work Anna has set it up so that it is do-able for every member to be as hands on as they are able to be. Another plus - all members must vote and that means they have a duty to be informed. How great is that vis-a vis the ripple effect!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading all the research and the detailed accounts of a lot of hard work on the part of ' 5 For Fairness'

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

Donate more money if I had it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 for Fairness (http://5forfairness.org/) tops my list of the many great non-profit organizations out there. Why? It's run by US, yes, the volunteers - under the wonderful guidance of Anna McDonnell, who started the whole thing and probably works the hardest! Several worthy organizations are brought forth by US, then voted for by US, the one receiving the most votes gets the grant. Then we start the grant cycle all over again. There is no doubt where my money and effort is going and who it's going to serve. Everything is transparent in 5 for Fairness. You can get as involved as you have time for. This is a great grass roots charitable organization and I'm so glad I found them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interacted with Anna and the other voluneets

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

I wouldn't

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a member of 5 for Fairness since summer, 2009 and have been so impressed by the way the foundation is set up, the way it has grown into an international community and how we members really do help make life better for girls, around the word. The internet has allowed us to be an interactive community, a philanthropic foundation with zero overhead whose members range in age from 15 to 85! Every member is able to nominate a non-proft program they admire, as long as it is dedicated to helping girls. Every member can get involved by inviting new members, raising money, and adding videos, informative links and inspiring personal stoires to our website. And every member has a say (a vote) in chosing our grantee, once we raise the $5,000.00 grant we give away. We set out to try and make the world a better place and we find that it is each of us who is changed by the experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen our fledgling community grow into an international group, taken part in nominating recipients of our grant, and taking part in the voting process, been gratified to see two excellent programs benefit from our grant, gotten to know many new people who are committed to giving their time and talent to this worth while cause.

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

I would encourage even more members to contribute time and creative energy to make the Five for Fairness site ever richer in its discussions.

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