I am impressed with the vision and execution of your mission of providing tools for donors & volunteers to find, review, and analyze non-profits. I like the ability of scanning your 32 Issues categories for areas I am interested in. Clicking on your most reviewed designation, I am able to have at my fingertips some of the most popular non-profits. Browsing the various reviews and ratings within those popular charities gives me a way to validate such charities. Although I need to go to other sites to review the financial statement for the charities I want to research further, you have provided a valuable service to tens of thousands of people. I believe that such information has multiplied into unimaginable good. From a testimonial perspective, your tool has helped a charity I work with. Mary Queen of All Nations Missionary Alliance out of NJ has kept its light under the bushel for 29 years. You might imagine that a group serving tens of thousands of poor spanning 56 countries misht be well knowm. Although our 503 missionaries have known it well over the years, until your greatnonprofits.org 2013 ratings review effort that just ended, few in the world would have known that such a charity existed. This diamond hidden in the rough is getting good reviews because it has delivered 100% of donations it received to aid the poor by taking no salaries and having a founder absorb all operating costs through her sacrifice. Although our many thousands of poor could not vote without internet, you provided a life-changing tool for the world to learn. In MQAN's case, scores of missionaries found a way to give voice and hope to our poor. You have thousands of other non-profits doing good. Your information dissemination tool is surely like multiplication of the loaves. For all non-profits, a big THANKS.
I was having trouble finding information about a small, new nonprofit organization. The organization's name popped up on "GreatNonprofits" website. GreatNonprofits looked like a legitimate, convenient online service to accept donations via credit card then pay the donations to the correct recipient. I finally reached the target nonprofit directly to check on my donation. I learned that the nonprofit was not aware of GreatNonprofits, that the organizational information and mailing address on the GreatNonprofits website was wrong; and after two months GreatNonprofits had not paid the nonprofit I was targeting. Through multiple on line chats (the only way to reach GreatNonprofits), I hope that a payment is in route to my target organization. CHARITY WATCH list GreatNonprofits as NOT SO GREAT! I agree. Please do NOT make a donation to your target organization through GreatNonprofits. Nice idea. Very poor execution.
In loving memory of Caryn Learner of New York City
Caryn's great appreciation and strong devotion to the arts have helped to enrich her spirt, fuel her soul, and deepen lifelong relationships.
May she sing amongst the angels (mal'ach) forever. Love, the Kaminsky family
I am very fortunate to be a recipient of an Emotional Support Dog from Southeast Guide Dogs. This organization is a terrific resource for the people that they serve. They are very well organized and very professional. I am blessed to have one of their dogs. Bill Adkins, Sr.
GreatNonprofits is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization based in the United States with a website where donors, volunteers, and clients to review and share their personal experiences with charitable organizations, essentially providing crowdsourced information about the reputability of these organizations. It's a wonderful platform to help connect to the community, provide local/regional awareness and transparency about your non-profit organization, and serve as a channel to enable funding!
You won't post my review about Beagle Freedom Project, an organization that is profiting on Anti-Asian sentiment.
I made a contribution in memory of someone. This site provided no opportunity to notify the family of the contribution made in memory of their loved one. I will not use this site again.
This company took 500.00 of mine. I donated $500.00 to the Merrimack Valley Foodbank on May 3, which I got billed for and paid through the charity itself. I made another $500.00 donation at the end of Nov or beginning of Dec. This charge appeared on my credit card recently, along with another charge of $500.00 made on Oct 6 by your scam nonprofit.. This is a scam, as I haven't donated more than $1000.00 to the food bank so far. And I donated through the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. When I called them about the charge by your nonprofit, they had no idea who that was, so none of the money was given through your company. I have disputed this charge of $500.00 on my citibank card, which is a scam by your company. I will be pursuing this. It is disgaceful at this time of Covid that your company would be scamming people. I am in the middle of checking this out with my credit card company.
I recently started making face masks with the sales going to non profits/ministries. I read the article in the Albuquerque Journal and was moved to give to this non profit, Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery, because a person was giving from his own pocket for supplies. Having been a teacher for over 40 years, I understood supplementing from our own pocket.
Liliana, born today, July 11th, is the first born child, of the first child sponsored through CARITAS For Children, in 2002, from Warsaw, Poland. We pray for the life of sweet and precious baby Liliana, that she know always, the blessings of God's love, peace, hope and joy. This is an example of the beginning of a second generation of the life of a child born from God's love (Caritas)...for us all. (Jn 13: 34-35) How blessed are we who know this kind of everlasting love...Amen!!!
My next door neighbor, Diane Crust, told me how wonderful this organization is by helping so many people. Diane and her family have been lovely neighbors. I'm making a donation in honor of Diane.
This project began on the advice of a local Malian health care worker who said the rate of infectious disease in his district would decrease significantly if people in the community could be encouraged to wash their hands regularly with soap and water. Barclay Martin and his local partner Teblicoro began by developing a schools-based hand washing initiative in schools in and around Ouelessebougou and the local buy in was so affirmative they have since expanded the program to include soccer and basketball tournaments, digging wells for water, supplying kettles and a motor van for distribution, soap making, Covid 19 mask making, bridge building and gardening. For several years Barclay Martin funded the whole project from proceeds from his own band performing in Kansas City but the program itself has been directed from the start by the local people who have expressed their gratitude with joyous celebrations of song and dance. The work being done by this group is genuinely transformative and simply amazing.
Michael de Jesus 12/07/2020
The term ‘person with an intellectual disability’ comes from people with an intellectual disability themselves who believe that, “labels are for jars, not people.” People with an intellectual disability do not want to be defined by their disability. We all have gifts, talents and abilities and we do not want to be limited from expressing these gifts because of a label.
This was my comment after my little donations I made to the Lukas Community organization. Please readers, you and I know that in-life, know nobody knows about how and what would happens to our lives from the next munits, the next hours, next days, the next weeks ,net months and the next years.
Therefore there's no limits in any small donation one could make, its actually changes and saves someone's in-needs' life. No-body could and can save this beautiful planet we have, But rather we could only contribute to safe ourselves and our love once and the awesome natures around us, by supporting and encouraging people in-need in and around where-ever you might find yourself in.
If we start to make little little contributions, the world would be a better place as always. take care and much love and peace to all. And remember, little drops of water, makes a mighty Ocean.
I submitted a review about a non-profit I had a negative experience with, and it did not get posted. Ironically, the organization is rated #1 in its field, but clearly is not reflective of all experiences as they monitor and screen reviews. That is not how a viable nonprofit rating organization operates. I am filing complaints with the BBB, the attorney general's office, and every board member. This is NOT the way to do business.
WaZobia Arts offers interactive – artistic collaboration, facilitates cultural awareness, and celebrates diversity lead by Artistic Director Sunny Eselekhomhen. WaZoBia brings together people of all ages and ethnicities to bring awareness through educational programs that reflect rich West African culture. This includes: art workshops, batik- making, rhythmic music, drum-making, school programs, traditional dye, gourd work, poetry workshops, painting, participatory dance, ceramics, traditional food/ medicines, and recycled/ repurposed artwork. In addition to the interactive elements, WaZoBia also offers excursions to diverse African regions, to immerse students and participants in experiences that will enrich and educate them in authentic West African artistic traditions.
I find it ironic that they do not post their 990s on their website. I also find it ironic as a nonprofit is is virtually impossible to speak to someone via the telephone. I would never donate to an organization that does not invite people to freely connect with it in the manner that is most comfortable for the donor/user. Shame on GreatNonprofits.
GreatNonprofits is an excellent source for learning about nonprofits that do great work!
This is a good nonprofit, they really put a lot of effort and care into what they do.
The nonprofit cares deeply about helping other nonprofits. I respect that.
The organization has a lofty mission of helping to inspire donors and volunteers. I appreciate that.
I worked with GreatNonprofits throughout the whole summer. I had a great experience and learned a little bit of everything, from marketing to research. Besides the skills I obtained through my internship, I was also able to be part of meetings with some of our funders such as The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation which was really exciting as I was only an intern. Through this internship, I was definitely able to get my hands wet with the nonprofit world. I worked with a team that really valued what they were doing as an organization and are really passionate about philanthropy and charity work.
Greatnonprofits is an amazing place that is dedicated to helping all nonprofits get vital feedback that they need to improve and resources that can help them get there.
I am a new summer intern for GreatNonprofits. It is a lovely and highly professional team. I am really thankful for the emphasis they put on the personal and professional growth of the interns.
GreatNonProfits is committed and passionate about it's cause - to give voice and credibility to local non-profits and a platform for donors, volunteers, public etc to read reviews about non-profits, they wish to get involved with. It's been an awesome learning experience at GreatNonProfits. I learnt new skills and tools . Also, I got to interact with industry experts. They have a very open, learning and empowering culture. The team is good, helpful and encouraging. I am thankful to Perla Ni, for extending this opportunity to me and making me feel so welcome and part of the group.
This program has really helped me out when i had no where else to turn
This site receives participation from fella's from all over the world. I find them generous, honest and helpful. I'm glad I found them and am happy to participate in helping others overcome and adapt.
I know about the great job this organization is doing thanks to a friend who child has this syndrome. She is very thanfull to all they do for her child, information, research...
During a very hard time in my life, I was able to connect with other straight spouses after my husband told me that he was gay and our marriage was over. It was such a stressful time in my life, and not a story I felt I could share with all of my friends and family. Being able to connect with others who had gone through exactly the same thing gave me some much needed perspective, and now I am proud to be a face-to-face contact in my home province of Saskatchewan, Canada.
The GreatNononprofits team is a selfless group of people dedicated to trying to improve the nonprofit sector and increase accountability and transparency to the public. They want to make sure that your donations go to those nonprofits that are truly going to use it to help the world. I have watched this nonprofit grow throughout the years and have been amazed at what they have been able to accomplish. They are a great organization that I am proud to donate to.
An amazing organization that provides services and programs for people with cancer and their families.
it was an amazing experience. Helping people who are in need and seeing that the tiniest things help is incredible. it was the first time i really saw how healing acupuncture is :)
As a summer intern at GreatNonprofits, I found the staff to be incredibly amiable, flexible, and helpful. Perla Ni, the founder and CEO, is a great boss and gives her interns a lot of freedom to find projects they are interested in and really takes care of us. It truly is a great place to work and I recommend anyone seeking a summer internship in the Bay Area to apply.
While interning at GreatNonprofits this past year, I had the opportunity to learn about and experience great nonprofits everyday, reading reviews and researching organizations as well as working behind the scenes as a staff member. I'm amazed at all that the organization does with such a small staff, and they continue to find ways to grow, improve, and extend their reach. Though the organization still has room for improvement and kinks to work out, I know GreatNonprofits will continue to help organizations get their story told and provide this critical tool to the world of social change.
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.
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.
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.
Hi Gypsy, Thanks for taking the time to post your review here. We assure you that we do monitor the site and take the issues you mention seriously. We are constantly working towards fair solutions that both allow reviewers to share their honest opinions, and discourage people from abusing the site. - GreatNonprofits
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.
Perla N. 10/04/2011
Thanks for writing a review! We've implemented additional security features as a result of your comments. We collected data about the use of the commenting feature, analyzed the data, and have now restricted commenting to just nonprofits responding to reviews. Thanks for your feedback. But we respectfully want to share some data with you on the overall use of the site. The majority of nonprofits rated on this site find the reviews useful. Over 70% of nonprofits share their reviews with their board and staff. The majority of nonprofits also report that the feedback boosts staff morale.
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.
Perla N. 10/04/2011
Thanks for your comments and suggestions. We've added additional security measures in light of your situation. Thanks so much for writing a review and sharing your experience.
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.
Perla N. 10/04/2011
We appreciate you taking your time to explain your overall concerns. We have data that we can share with you that shows the reviews are used quite differently than what you may expect. GreatNonprofits enables stakeholders of nonprofits to tell the stories of the nonprofits impact. The majority of reviewers are volunteers of nonprofit and the second largest category are clients served by the nonprofit. Many of the reviews are written by homeless people, by disabled, by elderly, by veterans, and other clients served. And, according to nonprofits who have been reviewed, 70% find their reviews useful and share the reviews with their staff and board. You can watch the video here with our founding nonprofits from Pittsburgh and San Francisco talking about how they use GreatNonprofits to achieve their missions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcSXqPBoakM.
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.
Perla N. 10/04/2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have implemented a number of additional security features in light of your situation. Sincerely, GreatNonprofits
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.
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.
Great NonProfits is wonderful! I have found working with them was a very pleasant and professional experience.
Youth Journalism International has found Great Nonprofits a wonderful resource for learning more about our own organization and for telling the world about its activities.
We also have to say a word of praise for how quickly its technical staff fixed a glitch not of its own making. These folks are really good.
I had the pleasure of working for GreatNonprofits during the second half of 2010, and I truly believe in this organization's ability to revolutionize the nonprofit sector. I spoke to many nonprofits during my time there that raved about GreatNonprofits and the powerful feedback/storytelling tool it provides. Perla Ni and her fabulous team are giving a voice to those most closely touched by nonprofits -- people whose stories might not be heard otherwise. The GreatNonprofits staff is composed of some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever met; their belief in and commitment to the GreatNonprofits mission is a testament to the organization's value.
I've served on the board of this remarkable organization almost since its inception. Founder Perla Ni is an inspiration, and the organization's mission is close to my heart: offering a viable alternative to the financially-based evaluations of nonprofit effectiveness from the self-appointed watchdog organizations.
This group allows stalkers and kooks to post false negative "reviews" about any non-profit they like. They are allowing people to harass good groups which help children and animals. They do not enforce their own Terms and Conditions, "You may post or submit feedback, materials, information, ideas, opinions and other content ("Content"), provided that your Content does not: (i) violate a third party's rights, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; (ii) contain material that is false, intentionally misleading, or defamatory; (iii) contain material that is unlawful, including illegal hate speech or pornography; exploits or otherwise harms minors; (iv) contain images of or links or references to tobacco and alcohol products; or (v) violate or advocate the violation of any law or regulation."
Our terms of service, which can be found here: http://greatnonprofits.org/terms certainly do not allow the types of comments alleged above. We encourage all individuals to submit honest opinions. GreatNonprofits is an open forum for discussion about nonprofits, and as such we provide tools for nonprofits and individuals to respond to and comment on reviews. As stated on the previous review, the best defense against "kooks" is to solicit reviews from supporters and people who know your organization well. Members of the public will sift through reviews and dismiss any that seem way out of line. -GNP Staff
Review from Guidestar
This site has high-minded words but its actions DAMAGE many great nonprofits. Any kook can write a bunch of lies about a "real" experience and cause real damage.
Great nonprofits appears to be a politically-motivated group pretending to be a dispassionate, non-partisan charity monitor. The first review received by several very well run conservative groups appear to be merely hit pieces. One on Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, for example, says the group should lose its tax-exempt status just because it doesn't agree with the global warming orthodoxy. It's donors sure know already about its writings on the topic and the suggestion that the group should lose its tax-exempt status borders on libel. After reviewing Greatnonprofit's funding sources, it appears this could be by design. The funders are a veritable Who's Who of left-wing environmental funders... W.K. Kellogg, Hewlett and others. This group has no credibility whatsoever.
I heard about GreatNonprofits today when I read a deliberately mis-leading review you published about the National Center for Public Policy Research. The reviewer claimed the National Center hounded her father, sent repeated junk mail and bankrupted him, and also said the Center wasted its money for personal use. I know from personal contact with the Center and some of its researchers that none of this is true. Their research is impeccable, and they will take the time to talk to me to answer questions. I'm a small donor and get 2 letters a year, at my request. GreatNonprofits makes a big mistake that threatens its own credibility when it does nothing to verify reviews and refuses to delete reviews after provable facts discrediting the review have been given to it.
Great Non-Profits does not appear to be committed to responsible philanthropy. It permits reviewers to post libelous statements about institutions. For example, one anonymous reviewer accuses the two top executives of an institution with which I am affiliated, The National Center for Public Policy Research, of keeping most of the money raised by the institution. Together, their compensation was roughly 3.5% of the expenditures and, according to an independent survey commissioned in 2007, their salaries were substantially below the mean. GreatNonprofits will not take down the numerous libelous statements. This does a tremendous disservice not only to my institution, but to GreatNonprofits as once it was informed of the false information, it incurred legal liability if it continued to post them. This suggests extremely poor judgment. Non-profit reviews from the public can be of great value to donors, if that are responsible. Reviews intended as malicious do not better inform prospective donors, nor, for that matter, do reviews from those with no experience with the institution in question. The reviewer in question was not a donor, but a relative of a donor. Those of us who have been in the non-profit field for a while recognize that there are those who object to charitable giving that will cut into
Your service is turning out to be such a wonderful opportunity. We've never had a good channel for feedback and suggestions before, and the outpouring of enthusiasm and constructive ideas has been priceless. A fringe benefit is that I now have quotes I can use in my next grant proposal!
As much as those of us who run nonprofit organizations believe in our mission, and our ability to communicate the importance of what we do, the simple fact is that we're not the best people to tell our story. The most insightful and credible people to do so are the clients, volunteers and donors who experience the results from a different and understandably less biased perspective. Great Nonprofits has now created a central location for them to share their experiences with potential clients, volunteers, donors, and very importantly, with those who run the organization. Able Flight was an early adopter of the opportunity to be reviewed, and has encouraged those who have real-world, first-hand experience with us to, in their own words, "write from the heart" to allow others to learn of this unique organization that provides flight training scholarships for people with disabilities. With links from our w ebsite and newsletter, we welcome those who are interested in our mission to visit Great Nonprofits to learn about Able Flight from those who know us best.
We're thrilled to have the opportunity to connect and communicate through GreatNonprofits. Just days after completing our profile, we were contacted by a local business that had some resources to give away. They used our GreatNonprofits profile and reviews to determine which organization they would donate to. GreatNonprofits provides an invaluable service and has created a lively, interactive way to spread the good news being done all around us.
GreatNonprofits has established itself as an innovator in the field in a very short timeframe. The Human Services Center is fortunate to have this new vehicle to promote our work to potential volunteers, interns, and donors. The value-add of this service has already been beneficial to our work as volunteers and prospective interns have found their way to our unique agency thanks to GreatNonprofits. Perla and Vivien have been responsive to the needs of agencies in the development stage.
In theory I like the idea of Great Nonprofits. Good, more focus on quality and accountability! But in practice I question if charitable organizations need another entity to comply with. As a development director for a community health center with over 90 grants, I am struck by the amount of justifying we must do in order to get (or stay) funded for something as vital as health care for poor people. I am also struck by how much pressure our staff are under to provide high quality care to our patients. This has been the same for all of the service-oriented nonprofits that I have worked for in the past, or am doing pro-bono work for now, regardless of whether they were well-established with large operating budgets, or small startups. What is the mission of Great Nonprofits? the best I could glean from the website is that they want to set up a website like Yelp for nonprofits...'You already know that reviews by other people who have gone to a restaurant or tried out a doctor are the best way to find out about the quality of those services..' The first question I ask is how many people who are targeted by people who access, let's just say safety-net services, have the time or resources to bother to register to this website and then write a review for a nonprofit? Most are too busy trying to get health insurance or pay the rent. I looked at some of the reviews and the only one I found that was negative was from someone who appeared to be trying to get a job and was disgruntled that the nonprofit only seemed to hire from within. So the website implies that this is a community service...For who's community? The second question is actually for anyone who has dedicated their life to working in the nonprofit sector. Not as an academic or for a foundation -- who seem to be the people that are controlling the public discourse about what we should "do" with the nonprofit sector (Stanford Social Innovation Review is a good example). If you've never actually had a personal connection with a grant/donation funded nonprofit program budget--i.e. it feeds you or sustains the program you care about-- than I don't think your opinion counts for much. Getting back to the question...Do YOU think it's appropriate for another nonprofit, and the people who frequent its website (who may or may not be your patients/clients), to represent the programs that you work to sustain with little stars on their web page, when it is most likely that donors--not patients/clients-- will be judging your program by the little stars? Based on the cast of characters that make up the board and management of Great Nonprofits I am wondering if the organization's core concept was not just a half-baked idea cooked up in some well-funded, good-meaning "community forum" with token nonprofits in attendance. Nonprofits that were actually only there to meet foundation people so they could fund their nonprofit programs that are expected to cover their overhead at no more than 15%...And are very amenable to the bright ideas of the people who give them money. Looking at the Board and staff bios, *very impressive*, with the exception of Bill Jackson and Tom Reis, none of them make any mention of actually working for a nonprofit. They are all either donors or academics. So does internet-based rating of nonprofits hold any value? I guess we'll find out, looking at the kind of backing the organization attests to have on its website. I'm a little concerned that it could just end up creating more barriers for people like me to help nonprofits succeed by creating another bogus way for funders to screen who they give money to. If the method by which Great Nonprofits appears to be attempting to transform accountability and improve quality for nonprofits is suspect, and I would contest that nonprofits ARE NOT LIKE RESTAURANTS (which is a whole other rant), why do it? I don't get it. By the way, I appreciate that Great Nonprofits put itself out there to be rated.
Perla N. 10/04/2011
Thanks for your great suggestion of also adding our Mission Statement to the About Us Page - it's on our homepage, but we'll add to the About Us page too! We appreciate you taking your time to explain your overall concerns. We have data that we can share with you that shows the reviews are used quite differently than what you may expect. GreatNonprofits enables stakeholders of nonprofits to tell the stories of the nonprofits impact. The majority of reviewers are volunteers of nonprofit and the second largest category are clients served by the nonprofit. Many of the reviews are written by homeless people, by disabled, by elderly, by veterans, and other clients served. And, according to nonprofits who have been reviewed, 70% find their reviews useful and share the reviews with their staff and board. You can watch the video here with our founding nonprofits from Pittsburgh and San Francisco talking about how they use GreatNonprofits to achieve their missions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcSXqPBoakM.
Finally - a way to gain feedback from the people who interact with a nonprofit! GreatNonProfits.org solves provides solutions in so many ways -- (1) listening to those served by a nonprofit's services or products, (2) helping volunteers and staff find a great place to work, and (3) assisting donors with a truthful look at the good and the bad. Each of these is a breakthrough on its own. So glad that GNP is growing fast - this sector needs more information, more ratings and more two-way communications that are honest, direct and spur ideas for efficiency as well as effectiveness. Bravo!
I LOVE this organization. Both the idea of having independent, transparent reviews of nonprofits, and the tool itself. Great Nonprofits is well thought out and easy to use. I know from my own work in the nonprofit sector that it is really hard to get objective information on how a nonprofit or its projects are actually performing without investing in lots of research. This is one simple way of capturing that information, that leverages a trend of greater openness. It is an idea and organization whose time has come!!!