My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for GuideStar, Williamsburg, VA, USA
Very disappointed that Guidestar is prominently publishing reviews on non-profit organization pages from Greatnonprofits.org, which allows anyone, even those with a tenuous connection to the organization, voice their opinions. When we investigated one negative review on greatnonprofits.org, we were told it was posted by the friend of the individual, someone she told her story to, not her! Whether that is true or not, it points out a serious problem with Great Non-Profits. These off-the-cuff, often angry statements are now given equal billing by Guidestar along side the responsible, collective data that supports years of hard work required to establish a non-profit. We are being told that Amazon Smile will soon be publishing Great Non-Profits comments soon, too. The offending post was removed, along with another irresponsible post, but this raises a serious concern. Someone needs to register with Guidestar to see financial reports but anyone can view the ad hoc Great Non-Profits comments. Great Nonprofits will always attract comments from ‘squeeky wheels’ unless organizations take on the additional task of constantly monitoring the greatnonprofits.org site and actively soliciting ‘positive reviews’ from supporters to make them look good. This is one more PR burden that small, all-volunteer non-profits do not need. Guidestar needs to remove the Greatnonprofits comments from its pages or offer non-profits the option of whether they want them published on Guidestar or not.