What's your favorite Gaithersburg non-profit?

GreatNonprofits.org released its first ever list of top-rated charities near Gaithersburg, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top volunteer, giving, and internship opportunities.

Palo Alto, Calif. – Interested in volunteering, giving or interning with a great local charity? GreatNonprofits.org released today its first consolidated list of user-reviewed non-profits in Gaithersburg, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top-rated charities to give or work with on issues they care about.

“Local giving and volunteering has exploded in recent years,” says Perla Ni, the CEO of GreatNonprofits, which published the list. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for non-profit reviews by volunteers, donors, and clients alike. “Like Shop local, eat local, people now want to get involved with local nonprofits. People are increasingly interested in making meaningful connections in their own neighborhoods and communities.”

Check out this list to find a great non-profit around Gaithersburg.

This list only contains charities within 5 miles of Gaithersburg, but you can expand it to include non-profits up to 50 miles away, or you can sort through them by issue and user rating. If your favorite charity is missing from the list, you can create a page for it on GreatNonprofits.org. Then you can write and post a review about it, helping others discover the organization and contribute to this great community resource.  Not only does this provide useful feedback for non-profits, which they can use for self-assessment and improvement, but it serves as compelling evidence about their work, which they can show to donors.

It is a great way to find out about volunteer, internship, and job opportunities at local charities, as well as a way for nonprofit leaders to collect and publicize the experiences of their volunteers, donors, and clients.

“It’s so rewarding for people to discover on-the-ground, maybe lesser-known non-profits doing great work in their own communities,” said Ni. “Getting involved, volunteering or interning with local charities can be a terrific experience, because non-profits need and appreciate the help. You can get substantive responsibilities, hone real-world skills, and see the difference you’ll make in your own community!"

The full list over 1 million non-profits, which users can explore using zip code, issue, and rating filters, is available at http://greatnonprofits.org/.

About GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great – and perhaps not yet great – non-profits. Reviews of non-profits can be found at GreatNonprofits.org.

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Denise Williams August 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
This poster is the marketing manager for GreatNonprofits, and this post is a retread of similar ones she has put up all over the country. The organization she touts is less than worthless as far as determining which charities are worthwhile, use their donations for the purpose intended and their ratings are meaningless. If you want to know if a particular charity does what it says it will with your donation, the single most reputable source is www.charitywatch.org. Second place is a tie between your local Better Business Bureau and each state's attorney general office. I'm not saying the charities listed on the link in this article are bad. Some of them may be amongst the very best, however, this organization is a for-profit business using shady tactics to market itself as something it is not. For example, getting their paid marketing manager to write blogs for local Patches. Free advertising for them, misleading information for readers.
Tom Rowse August 09, 2012 at 02:49 PM
The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair is my favorite. Not only are they a non-prof but they offer opportunities for service and faith based organizations to raise money that is used locally to benefit many different causes. By doing all of this while bringing to life our agricultural history and offering family friendly events, in my humble opinion, they are the best in Gaithersburg.


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