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June 5, 2012
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June 5, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Sorry, but despite what might be good intentions, the road to hellacious results is well-paved here. Review are few and far between, so all a charity has to do is have some of its friends write five star reviews and voilà!, we have a great nonprofit. I cannot get over the fact that Children of the Night is one of the greats when I was literally crippled by members of the charity while Lois Lee the founder and executive director watched, having lured me out on false pretense in the first place. Talk about charity competition. Anyway, I wouldn't buy into the star gazing here. It doesn't mean much in the way of greatness.

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

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

It bases its findings on surveys of next to none.

November 20, 2011
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November 19, 2010

GreatNonprofits is is great service for nonprofits of all sizes and walks of life. They are like the "Yelp for nonprofits". Folks can rate nonprofits and share their personal experience, so that... more

November 20, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

People want to help others, and that often means getting involved somehow with nonprofits. We want to find effective ones, and avoid the questionable ones.

It helps to find user reviews of nonprofits.

This review is self referential, in part, to get the word out better.
GreatNonprofits does a really useful and good job, and more people need to hear about it.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 19, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

GreatNonprofits is is great service for nonprofits of all sizes and walks of life. They are like the "Yelp for nonprofits". Folks can rate nonprofits and share their personal experience, so that others can learn about them from more than just the staff and marketing materials.

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

Perla Ni and her team work hard to make sure people who have had an experience with a nonprofit (e.g. volunteer, donor, board member, etc.) can share it with others, inspiring others to get involved and do something.

Ways to make it better...

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

help them spread the word to get more people writing reviews and sharing their experiences.

August 10, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

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August 10, 2011
7 people found this review helpful

This site is an unmonitored disaster. It has the potential to cause serious damage to legitimate non-profit groups - and probably already has to many. Any psycho with a grievance - real or imagined - can easily create multiple identities and use them to slander the organization and even it's other clients by name with no oversight at all. Take control and monitor this site - or shut it down. You are doing a disservice to all concerned with the mess you have created.

The Great!

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

Watched a good organization get slandered repeatedly

Ways to make it better...

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

Establish some quality control - or shut it down

August 9, 2011
8 people found this review helpful

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August 9, 2011
8 people found this review helpful

I was disgusted to read some of the reviews and the irrelevant comments that GNP allows to be posted about nonprofits.
How is it that GNP's board and advisers have posted their impressive creds and they are party to decieving the public that GNP is like Yelp or Zagat. That's
hypocritical.
It is a review site where there are rants and flame wars, personal information and impersonating an officer of the law, bullying, fake posts, lies, anonymous commenters. GNP is not worthy to even wipe the feet of the nonprofits that are under attack that results because GNP can't even carry out a TOU.
It's terrible that the CEO dramatically describes how nonprofits helped her and then she allows nonprofits to be trashed on her review board. She's a lawyer.
The marketing manager who responds to complaints is a 2008 grad with no nonprofit experience. Thats completely obvious. The board of directors has allowed her to run GNP credibility into the ground with her many smart alec emails about how GNP is not responsible.
GNP is a joke. Use Yelp. They earned the reputation that GNP pretends dishonestly to be like.

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

They refused to remove fake posts about an agency I know personally and allow stalkers to post all the time

Ways to make it better...

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

shut them down

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

How did you learn about this organization?

when I heard about lies being posted about people I know and went on to read GNP's disingenuous hype on their site and all the complaints against them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 9, 2011
8 people found this review helpful

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August 9, 2011
8 people found this review helpful

I would give this site zero stars if I could. This site allows anyone to register multiple times and to carry out a vendetta against any site they have had a problem with. Members banned from sites can come here and trash the site they were banned from multiple times.

You do not get a
true view of a nonprofit based on reviews at this site due to the above. This site is therefore without value.

The Great!

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

Seeing the trashing of a site I value by a group of disgruntled users, some of whom have been banned. This group cannot countenance differing opinions. This site has enabled them to trash the site that won't just bow to their pressure.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get some better IT techs. Develop procedures to block multiple IDs originating from one user and suspend reviewing a site when it is obvious that there is a vendetta going on.

August 7, 2011
5 people found this review helpful

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August 7, 2011
5 people found this review helpful

What a joke!!! No credibility at all. When a review site such as this has no control over what is written on it - it beggars belief.

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

Got really annoyed at the rubbish comments

Ways to make it better...

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

Stop allowing comments on reviews and stop people defaming others.

August 4, 2011
14 people found this review helpful

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August 4, 2011
14 people found this review helpful

For more than two weeks, I have been complaining to you that my account was hacked. I sent you three emails and wrote a comment here. I complained to you that at least 4 or 5 accounts with my name had been set up to create havoc on the BCO review site. I ask you to remove the duplicate accounts that you allowed. And for that, I get "my" account deleted. Given the lack of interest and the time that elapsed, there's no telling the extent of the hacking that occurred here. I also ask you to go to the BreastCancer.org website and read the comments posted there not the views - the comments. They brag about setting up multiple accounts, because you do not check if the account name is use before you allowed it to be used multiple times. Others joked that you do not require the terms and conditions to be checked. Others discovered that they did not need valid email addresses and bragged about that in their comments. Others discovered that they did not need to do a review at all - they could just harass with the new userid you had given them. Fortunately, while I was waiting two - three weeks for you to show any interest in this problem, I copied what I needed to copy regarding this and the emails that I sent you. There are no words strong enough for your lack of timeliness, indifference, or your incompetance.

The Great!

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

The review site.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have some level of security!

June 17, 2011

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June 17, 2011

I am pleased to volunteer my time with GreatNonprofits.org. I originally helped to beta-test the website by putting up profiles for me and for the charity I work for and working out the bugs. Next I was a "site monitor" to help ensure that reviews met the standards for civil discourse. I enjoy working with the staff; they really care about helping nonprofits tell their stories through profiles and reviews. After my experience I would not donate to or volunteer for an organization without researching them.

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

I was inspired by reading all of the early reviews from clients, volunteers, donors and partners at charities from all over the US. Nonprofits touch so many lives in (mostly) positive ways!

Ways to make it better...

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

None, the group is always working to improve.

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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

June 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

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June 16, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

I was initially excited at the prospect of a service for nonprofit reviewing akin to Yelp, which I've enjoyed since 2005. This service has a lot of kinks to work out, though, and I hope leadership arises from within to address its responsibility and accountability to the independent sector.

Specifically, I am referring to the fact that GreatNonprofits will not perform any level of due diligence and reasonable investigation around false, damaging reviews. Let's face it - there are people out there who become upset with nonprofits for any number of reasons and then take it out on the NPO in a public forum to maximize damage. If the complaint is relevant, the organizations I know in the sector (including my own) are usually pretty great about taking accountability. We always want to do better.

In the case of my organization's first review, it was written by someone who wasn't hired for a job. They got upset and wrote a disparaging review of our agency, and of another they were not hired at. The reviews offer no constructive value, they reviewed no other NPOs, nor did the reviewer use a real name (which should tell you something). Based on the "star" rating system, it was our first review, so it made us look like a "one star" nonprofit.

I reached out to the reviewer to get more information and was ignored. I asked the other agency they reviewed to advocate GreatNonprofits to remove the fake reviews. I asked Great Nonprofits twice to at least investigate and remove it, but they merely cited that they were free from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. They also advised me that they will release the user's information with a subpoena. I don't want their information and our agency can't waste resources on a subpoena! I simply want the review investigated by GreatNonprofits and removed when they see that my complaints have merit. It's simple customer service.

I am all for free speech and all constitutional rights. However, prospective donors and funders look at these ratings and make judgments about nonprofits. Situations like the one we experienced can block potential funding. When libelous or slanderous activities damage the reputation of an organization thereby preventing it from positive business achievements, that is also unconstitutional and can be prosecuted by law.

A lot of other agencies have the same complaint, so it's just a matter of time before a rally cry goes up and GreatNonprofits feels serious pressure to change their tactics. If they organized to be a responsible partner in our sector, they need to understand and practice ethics as they have power to affect growth and progress in our communities.

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

its unwillingness to be accountable for its power dynamic in the independent sector, and a shortfall in ethical, fair service provision.

Ways to make it better...

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

If GreatNonprofits was TRULY a great nonprofit, it would review and revise its Code of Conduct and create a reasonable process by which they investigate complaints about damaging, malicious reviews.

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

A little

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

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Somewhat badly

How did you find this group?

I was advised by a large foundation that part of their due diligence process is to read the rating and reviews on this site. It informs whether agencies get funding from them, in other words. I checked out the site and thought it was a nice idea.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My generation of nonprofit professionals is encouraged to be "disruptive" to the end that it causes positive change. This experience with GreatNonprofits makes me want to mobilize my nonprofit peers to facilitate changes be made to their Code of Conduct, ethics, and inquiry reviews.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 6, 2011

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April 6, 2011

Great NonProfits is wonderful! I have found working with them was a very pleasant and professional experience.

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

Working together improving parts of their website. They have an excellent understanding of the needs and requirements of their end-users.

Ways to make it better...

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

do nothing! GNP is doing just fine.

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