June — LGBTQ Pride Month Contest
June 1, 2009 — In honor of June which is LGBTQ Pride Month, the 2009 GreatNonprofits Pride Choice Awards will recognize the top-rated LGBTQ nonprofits. The contest asks people to write reviews of LGBTQ nonprofits they have had an experience with. Nonprofits can also encourage their volunteers, clients served, donors and board members to post reviews. All reviews will be automatically visible on GuideStar.org, the leading site for philanthropic research.
"Reviews show the real human impact of an organization and raise the visibility and credibility of those nonprofits," says GreatNonprofits CEO Perla Ni. "This will help highly-rated nonprofits attract more support and volunteers."
GreatNonprofits is a nonprofit Web site where people can post reviews of nonprofit organizations, similar to "Yelp" or "TripAdvisor."
Nonprofits with the most positive reviews in their category will be announced as winners and receive national media coverage as well as promotion on GuideStar.org. Awards will be given out of 8 categories (5 geographic US regions and 3 budget size - small, medium and large). Contest Deadline: June 30th.
Plus everyone who writes a review is eligible to win fun prizes such as delicious Alter Eco fair trade chocolate, a subscription to Stanford Social Innovation Review, a getaway at Kimpton hotels (thanks Academic Ambassadors!) and more!
Reviews should be submitted by June 30th at www.greatnonprofits.org/pride.
Here is a sample review for the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
"NCLR came to the rescue 8 years ago. My partner and I were kicked out of the San Mateo Community Center Ballroom Dance class for being gay. I never imagined being discriminated in one of the most openly gay place in the world. I realized then you are never safe from discrimination. A friend told me to call NCLR. They provided me with several options. We decided to write the Mayor of San Mateo and the Director of the Community Center of this horrific experience and requested sensitivity training to their staff going forward. To my delight, the Mayor, Director and facilitators sent us letters of apology and informed us they are conducting sensitivity training going forward. From that day on, I have been supporting NCLR with time and money." — Kristina Militante, review on GreatNonprofits