Archive for July, 2011

Famine Situation in Somalia: How to help?

The drought that is affecting East Africa has its roots in a combination of diverse factors. The sparse rain fallings for the past few years has caused crops to fail, food prices have skyrocketed everywhere and chronic insecurity has exacerbated the situation. Many places in southern Somalia are under the control of Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that has imposed a ban on aid agencies.

This food crisis is described as the worst one witnessed in decades. An estimated 3.7 million Somalis are in need of immediate food aid and across the Horn of Africa, there are12 million people at risk of famine—as reported recently by the UN.

Yet with all the news coverage and media attention, the situation is not getting better. Here at GreatNonprofits, we feel the following questions will help better assess the situation for donors in order provide the necessary help:

1. What are the immediate needs?
2. Which active nonprofits are on the ground?
3. Which of these nonprofits are helping?  How are they helping?  Do you see results?
4. Which of these nonprofits can do better?

How can we get this information in a timely way?  Please post your ideas here.


July 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm 2 comments

Volunteers, an invaluable asset to nonprofits

Volunteers are a vital resource to nonprofits! No matter their age or the time they are able to commit to, volunteers enable nonprofits to carry out their mission at their best capacity.

GreatNonprofits is happy to feature a few of our favorite volunteering pictures from nonprofits across various sectors.

In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue

Little Helping Hands (July 18, 2011)

Child Family Health International (CFHI)

Women Empowered (Non-Profit Organization)

Learning is for Everyone

CAIN-Churches Active In Northside

‎Coping With Laryngomalacia (12/2010)

Greyhound Adoption League of Texas, Inc.'s (GALT)

Share your thoughts on volunteering and don’t forget to review your favorite (or not so favorite nonprofit) on GreatNonprofits!

July 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

National Campaign Recognizes 122 Top-Rated Health Organizations


                                           Contact: Emma Bundy

             (510) 504-2048 |

GreatNonprofits announced today that 122 organizations have qualified for the 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofits List at the close of a month-long campaign in partnership with GuideStar and Charity Navigator. Organizations receiving ten or more positive stakeholder reviews during the month of June qualified for the top-rated list.

During the campaign, a total of 369 nonprofits were rated and reviewed by thousands of clients, donors and volunteers across the country. The 2,800 reviews submitted during the campaign highlight the innovative ways that health organizations are supporting their communities. The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors (AOH), a nonprofit providing healing support to people coping with the loss of a loved one to suicide, received 111 reviews in just a week.

“In many dark hours I have gained comfort, hope, support and validation from other suicide survivors as they share their journey,” shared lluvryan, a client of AOH. “Many times, I have been able to make it another day because of the many posts and the kind of support available.”

“We are thrilled to be a top-rated health nonprofit.  The outpouring of gratitude expressed in our reviews reaffirms the difference we’re making, and inspires us to want to do more,” said Ronnie Walker, founder of the Alliance of Hope.

The organizations represented on the top-rated list focus on a diverse range of health services. From seeking a cure for devastating diseases to raising public awareness about important health issues, these organizations speak to the important role nonprofits play in the health field.

Qualifying as a top-rated nonprofit provides essential feedback to the nonprofits, and can result increased visibility for the organization’s work. Brian Brewer, Director of Marketing and Communications at Cancer Research Institute explains, “[] is easy for our community members to use, and that’s made it easy for us to get their great feedback about the impact our programs have. It’s been such a great experience reading all the positive, thoughtful stories our donors, scientists, and cancer patients have posted on your site—it reaffirms for all the hardworking staff at CRI that what they do matters.”

The full list of Top-Rated Health Nonprofits can be found at

About the Campaign

The 2011 Health Campaign ran throughout the month of June 2011. Reviews appear on as well as on and Organizations receiving ten or more positive reviews are listed as one of the 2011 Top-Rated Health Nonprofits.

July 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

Great Nonprofits launched inaugural Social Justice Campaign.

Top Human Rights Groups Join GreatNonprofits Social Justice Campaign


Contact: Emma Bundy

(510) 504-2048 |

Menlo Park, CA July 1, 2011

GreatNonprofits, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator announce the launch of the GreatNonprofits Social Justice Campaign to identify top-rated organizations working to end oppression and inequality worldwide.

GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user-generated ratings and reviews of nonprofits, has partnered with several of the most celebrated organizations in the field for the July campaign.

Free Press, Global Fund for Women, Earth Rights International, Equality Now, Alliance for Justice, ThirdGoal, and American Constitution Society are joining GreatNonprofits to encourage volunteers and donors everywhere to log on and review a nonprofit.

GuideStar, the leading source of philanthropic information on the Internet, and Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator, are also partners.

GreatNonprofits’ user reviews are written by anyone with personal experience with a nonprofit, such as a donor, volunteer, board member, client, or member of the public.

Over the past year, more than 1 million people visited GreatNonprofits to read and write these reviews.

Reviewed organizations will receive increased exposure to donors and volunteers and increased visibility in their communities and the media. The process also allows potential volunteers and donors to easily find the best organizations to work with.

“So many wonderful nonprofit organizations are working to fight injustices around the world,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “This campaign is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their important work, and raise support for their causes.”

Any Social Justice nonprofit receiving ten or more new positive reviews by July 31, 2011 will be recognized on the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Social Justice Nonprofits List.

About the Campaign

The inaugural Social Justice campaign will run through July. Reviews written on will also appear on and

Nonprofits with ten or more new positive reviews will be included on the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Social Justice Nonprofits List. Review submissions must take place from July 1st through July 31st, 2011.

July 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

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