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Nonprofits, Get Started

You won’t want to miss a spot on the 2015 GreatNonprofits Top-Rated List. Here’s some information on how to get started, what you need to qualify, and what you’ll get.

How to Get Started

1.) Invite Reviews from Your Community


After you have claimed your profile or logged into your account, you can start inviting reviews from your clients, donors and volunteers!

Invite Reviews with Email

Dear Friend,

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2015 Top-Rated List.


Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to [INSERT YOUR PROFILE PAGE URL] to get started!

2.) Receive 10 Positive Reviews


Receive 10 positive stars (4 stars and above) and maintain an overall positive average (4 or 5 stars) between January 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015 to be qualified.

3.) Receive Your Badge & Certificate


Your FREE Top-Rated Badge and Certificate will be emailed to you!

What Does It Take to Win?

To qualify for the 2015 Top-Rated Awards, you need to have at least 10 new positive reviews (4- or 5-star reviews) from different users between January 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015. And you need to maintain an overall average of 4 to 5 stars during the campaign period (January 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015).

When Will the Winners Be Announced?

Winners will be announced each month from April 1 to October 31, and will get a FREE 2015 Top-Rated nonprofit badge via email, and will be promoted by GreatNonprofits and our media partners!


This year, we also have amazing prizes, like a trip to San Francisco to meet with potential funders, and thousands of dollars worth of online advertising.


What Do Winners Get?
  • Top Rated Badge, Certificate, and Press Kit and Marketing Materials to include in donor letters and on your website

  • You will be listed on our 2015 Top-Rated Leaderboard and 2015 #GivingTuesday Guide, and will receive promotion throughout the year and during the fundraising season in conjunction with #GivingTuesday

  • Winners will be promoted via social media, public relations, and on our thought leader publications via the Huffington Post and other mediums

  • Winners may be selected to attend our Annual Technology for Social Good Conference at LinkedIn

  • Winners will also receive mention from our sponsors and partners, and special designation on the GreatNonprofits site

Show Off Your Top-Rated Status

All 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofits will get a Top-Rated certificate, and a FREE Top-Rated badge on their GreatNonprofits profile. 


This badge can be used on your own website and marketing materials and will show in search results on and on your nonprofit's profile page.

• direct mail

• annual reports

• newsletters

• organization webpage

• donation page

• email signature

• social media

• display it in your office

Get Great Reviews

Gather inspiring reviews from your volunteers, clients, and donors. Share them with your staff and board and use them in your marketing materials.


Here are some examples of nonprofits using their reviews on social media and newsletters (click image to enlarge):



How JustGive uses its reviews in social media



How the IRC uses its reviews in newsletters

Northern Jaguar Project

Northern Jaguar Project

How the Northern Jaguar Project uses its reviews in its appeal letter

Get Great Tools

Winners will receive lots of tools to help them spread the word about this exclusive honor, including:


  • Press lists and sample press releases

  • Sample social media posts

  • A custom, printable certificate for your office and the chance to get custom stickers for marketing materials

Be Among the Elite

Under 1% of nonprofits nationwide have achieved Top-Rated status. Nonprofits like:

Gather 10 Positive Stories

To qualify, simply seek out and receive 10 positive (4 stars or above) reviews and maintain an overall positive average (of >3.5 stars) during the campaign period (January 1 to October 31). That's it! 

Get Noticed

Winners will be announced each month from April 1 to October 31, and will get a FREE 2016 Top-Rated nonprofit badge via email, and will be promoted by GreatNonprofits and our media partners!


In 2016, we will again offer rewards to our Top-Rated Nonprofits that will increase your exposure, celebrate your work, and fill your bank account.

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