How can donors and nonprofits measurably improve funding decisions, show program results and pave the way for improvements? One practical and cost-effective way is to empower people to participate by sharing their experiences and insights about nonprofits.
That's why I invite you to check out GreatNonprofits.org, which offers donors crowd-sourced feedback. It also provides charitable organizations with tools to collect and aggregate community feedback - from clients served, legislators, volunteers, partner organizations, or donors.
To date, GreatNonprofits has collected feedback for more than 14,000 US and international organizations ranging from health, education, to public policy groups.
This is a new experience for the nonprofit sector, which has traditionally lacked real-time, on the ground, feedback. But it’s also the wave of the future - practical, cost-effective tools can provide guidance to grant makers and nonprofits in creating and recalibrating programs.
Whether we are donors, nonprofit executives or clients of a nonprofit, we should all be sharing feedback on which nonprofits are making a difference, how they are doing it, and how it can be improved.