3 Ways to Make Sure Your Nepal Donations Really Help the Victims

Before you open your wallet, take a minute to do a little homework.

I know a lot of people are skeptical or worried about whether their donations are going to be helping out the people most affected by this earthquake. I should probably have posted this earlier, but here is a little guide on what you can do before you donate. 

Also some links on the Time webpage seem to not be working (someone didn’t do a proper HTML redirect tsk tsk), so here are the links suggested in the article:

Charity Navigator


Hurricane Sandy devastated our local Long Island communities and most of the metropolitan area we serve. We had set up a pet shelter prior to the storm. Our non-profit housed over five hundred pets keeping them safe for those who could not return home or had lost their homes. Here is just one of the many stories from our emergency shelter. “Every day for the past week, Randy L. has been shuffling from the Red Cross shelter across the street to the North Shore Animal League America’s emergency animal rescue center to visit his cat Maximilian. "I live across the street from the ocean, and I watched the heavy waves as they pounded the shoreline. Around 8PM the water breached and hit the streets. I watched as the cars became Tonka toys; they were tossed about and then finally floated away like something a kid plays with in the bathtub. Max slept under the sheets and only came out to sit on my lap a few times. He was so scared. We were in total darkness.” Randy has faced many challenges in recent years, including a long battle with cancer. Max has been his steadfast companion all along the way. In fact, the last time Randy came back from an overnight stay at the hospital, Max refused to leave his side for over 24 hours. “He just wrapped himself around me; he knew I wasn’t feeling well,” says Randy.
“He knows when I’m coming home. He waits for the sound of the elevator. He’ll cry until I open the door and he can wrap himself around my shoulders. I am all he has ever known.” In a few weeks, Randy was able to move from the Red Cross shelter to a new place that allowed Max to stay. He visited Max every day.


#GivingTuesday may be over, but doesn’t mean you can’t still share the love. Guidestar is celebrating giving and the people who give life to charities with their generosity all month long. We hope you’ll join in the fun.

Here’s how you play:

  1. Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that says, “#IGive4 and the name of your favorite charity. 
  2. Post your photo on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr with the hashtag #IGive4.
  3. Check out the #IGive4 tag to see all the awesome charities that are getting mentions and don’t forget to tag if you choose to give us a shout-out!

Thank you, again, for helping us conquer the world one random act of kindness at a time. You are our inspiration this December and every, single day.

P.S. Thanks to all of you who have shared your photos and stories on Twitter and Tumblr! 

“Rest easy knowing that the world sees a complete and timely profile of your organization.”

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If you’re a #nonprofit then this article is for you! (at link in bio)

We recently admitted a litter of orphaned baby bunnies. They will receive hours of daily care and socialization from their foster mom, and will be spayed and neutered at 6-months-old before being placed for adoption.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our nonprofit, providing thousands of hours of care to fostered bunnies each month. We’re so thankful to our local foster families! The specialized care this litter will need could only be found at Rabbit Wranglers.

If you live in the Pittsburgh, PA area and would like to volunteer with us, click here to find out how to contact us.

Can’t volunteer? You can still help by donating online via Paypal! Click here to make an online donation. As an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, all donations directly benefit our rabbits. We were recognized as a Top Nonprofit of 2012 by Great Nonprofits. Guidestar rates us at the Silver level in recognition of company transparency, and rates us with 5-stars.

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(PHOTO: REUTERS/ALLISON SHELLEY)Franklin Graham, head of international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse, visits one of the organization’s cholera treatment centers in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, January 8, 2011. Six years ago, Franklin Graham decided to give up his pay as head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (more…)

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Are you leveraging the power of your influential nonprofit followers on social media?

Donor Experience Every nonprofit is on Facebook and Twitter. Everyone is posting compelling content. That is the baseline in our digital world today. What everyone is not doing is engaging donors and constituents. Everyone is not get getting influential donors to actively take up our cause and extend our reach. Digital leadership recognizes this and organizes resources to create over the top…

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Below is a follow-up by Mazarine Treyz to a handful of questions submitted by participants during the November 5, 2013 webinar “Crucial Year-End Giving Strategies for Your Nonprofit Appeal" To view the presentation or listen to the recording of the webinar, please click here.

Q: I am confused… I have been told to always keep my appeals "positive” and stay away from depressing photos and depressing stories that don’t have a happy ending (for instance talking about the dog that died). Can you speak more to this?  

According to the research we shared in the webinar, people are more motivated by fear of loss than by potential gain. HOWEVER everyone’s list is different, and you should test the two approaches with your list. 

If you do this, you’ll soon learn which works best for your audience. 

This is why you should do a spring appeal, a summer appeal, a fall appeal and a winter appeal, to have a chance to try all of the different things we talked about to tweak your letter. 

Q: Where do you find compelling stories in a historical society?  Based on saving “the stuff” or “why someone else has given” or what?

Why are you saving the stuff? What STORIES are attached to the stuff? Is it a chair that Thomas Jefferson sat on? Is it a unique piece of southern history? 

If there is no story, try this. Get your nose in the dirt of the time period. How?

  • Read a couple of historical novels set in the area you live in, 
  • Dress up in a costume from the time period, 
  • Talk with a historian, and 
  • MAKE a story around this stuff. 

History is fascinating! And this could be your chance to write a short piece of historical fiction that people would actually read!

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Top-Rated, Times Two!

For the second consecutive year, Rabbit Wranglers has been named a Top-Rated Award Winner by Great Nonprofits. Great Nonprofits is a user-based review site and a partner of GuideStar. Think of it as the TripAdvisor of nonprofits!

Due to our excellent reviews from the Pittsburgh community, we are one of the first charities to earn this designation for 2013! We were one of only 15 charities in Western PA, and the only pet-focused charity in the region, named to the list in 2012.

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to leave a review over the last year!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some binkying to do!

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Sketches from today. I used random poses from Google images as reference. and my sad sad phone to take pictures. I’d say that I might digitally ink these so they look better but I probably won’t.

(Inburno’s doing yoga, Galestrom’s jumping off the roof [his costume is still in development], and Guidestar’s ready to punch you [you have to click hers to see the whole thing])

Research Reveals LGBT Nonprofits Making a Big Difference Nationally and Locally

Recently Philanthropedia conducted research to identify top nonprofits supporting the LGBT community. This is Philanthropedia’s newest addition to the list of causes on which we supply vital information for donors. You can find a list of all the cause areas for which we’ve ranked nonprofits at

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GuideStar Case Studies

I was delighted when GuideStar - an online database I use often and can’t live without - asked me to write about two personal experiences concerning my use of GuideStar.

The two studies are now “live,” and I wanted to share the links:

  1. Story about my first use of GuideStar.
  2. Story about my visit with a respected donor, and a little “surprise,” smiles.

Thanks to GuideStar for taking an interest in my work, and for sharing my experiences. What a treat!

If your nonprofit does not yet have a GuideStar profile, or if you have one, but it is not complete, consider updating and polishing your profile today. More nonprofits and donors are using GuideStar to learn how nonprofits operate and what they are accomplishing. GuideStar is a wise investment of your time, to be sure.

The photograph above is from Microsoft Office. I adore it! It visually describes how I felt while I experienced the situations discussed in my two GuideStar studies.

We love nonprofits. We know you do too.

Throughout the month of February we want to see you share the love for your favorite nonprofit! We’ll be on the lookout on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr for images you post sharing your nonprofit love!

Post images related to:

- Your volunteer experience
- Working at your nonprofit
- A representation of a nonprofit you care about
- What social good means to you
- Changing the world
- Something ‘for good’ you are proud of

Make sure to include the hashtag #NONPROFITLUV and mention us (@GuideStarUSA) when you share your amazing photos and images on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

We’ll pick a bunch throughout the month and give you a shout out when we share them on our own social media channels!