Some of the industries top tech resources for nonprofits have partnered up for the 2010 GreatNonprofits Science & Technology Campaign, recognizing science and technology organizations making a difference in the lives of people everywhere. Starting August 1, participants will get the chance to share first-person stories about an organization they feel makes a difference in their community. The nonprofit that gathers 10 or more positive reviews throughout the month will make the Greatnonprofits Top-Rated Science & Technology Nonprofts List.
Greatnonprofits launched the campaign, in partnership with Guidestar, NTEN, TechSoup Global, Association for Women in Science and Tonic, to “identity nonprofits in this area [science and technology] — whether it’s through advancing scientific knowledge, offering education resources, or employing tech solutions to solve local and global problems.” The hope is that stories from donors, volunteers, clients or any one else willing to share, will help encourage others to donate and/or volunteer.
The campaign ends August 31. See the NTEN blog for more details on how you can tell your story and inspire others to take action in the fields of technology and science.
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Don’t know what to look for before you donate to a nonprofit? Don’t worry — you are not alone.
With online donation sites like JustGive.org and Network for Good it is now easier and more convenient to donate than ever before. But how do can donors know if their organization will be efficient and effective in spending donor money?
Sites like Charity Navigator and Guidestar have supplied donors with the legitimate forms and facts about nonprofits, but not a whole lot of explanation. The answer is out there, but that takes time and energy.
In a recent article, Si Cantwell from Star News Online outlines the best way to evaluate a nonprofit before you donate. She walks readers through form 990s (a document administered by the IRS for all 501 c(3) tax-exempt organizations), audited financials, un-audited statements of income and expenses, and other standard information.
To find out how you can determine where, and to what programs, your charitable donation will go toward visit Star News online.
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From The Chronicle of Philanthropy July 9, 2010
Six months after the earthquake in Haiti, nonprofit groups have raised $1.3-billion to help the nation recover.
Amount raised: $471,813; $11,000,000 worldwide
Amount spent: $2,351,000 worldwide
Where the money went: Food, clothing, and tarps for 20,000 people. Basic health care for 140 people. Also has gathered and mapped information on gender-based violence in the camps.
Read the full article to find out how other nonprofit groups raised and spent money to aid in Haiti’s reconstruction.