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Review for GreatNonprofits, Redwood Shores, CA, USA

Rating: 2 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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

A little

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


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?


Role:  Client Served & Experienced a false review of my nonprofit organization and requested that GreatNonprofits investigate and remove it.
eabundy (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for offering your thoughtful feedback, je55icad. We are always open to suggestions on ways that we can improve our services and our website. As a nonprofit, it's an integral part of our mission to listen to our users and learn how we can do better. We take each request seriously and determined that in this case it would not be appropriate to remove the review since it does not violate our Terms of Use or Community Guidelines (both posted online at and respectively). GreatNonprofits provides a forum for users to share their opinions, positive or negative. It is our experience that users understand that the web is an open forum and look at the totality of information about a nonprofit when forming an opinion. We encourage all nonprofits who feel that a negative review is not representative of their organization's work to: 1. Use the private message feature to reach out to the reviewer directly. 2. Comment Publicly. This response will then be visible to anyone checking out your organization on our site. 3. Reach out to your constituents and ask them to share their story by writing a review. Again, we appreciate your feedback and will take your comments into account as we move forward and work to improve the experience for all GreatNonprofits users. Thanks, GreatNonprofits


Review for Clausen House, Inc., Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome, inspiring organization with amazing people and programs.

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

the people with development disabilities who participate in their programs. They're all inspirations!

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

create more awareness about what excellent services they provide in the community.

Role:  Donor & I gave money to help their ILS program.