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GuideStar-Kimbia Contest Winner


We’re thrilled to announce that nonprofit organization Office of Letters and Light is the winner of the prestigious GuideStar-Kimbia Nonprofit Giveaway Contest. As contest winner, Office of Letters and Light (OLL) will receive a $5,000 donation, provided by KIMBIA, which provides nonprofits and other organizations with the most powerful and flexible online fundraising and event management tools. The contest winner was determined by the total number of new reviews submitted on the GuideStar and GreatNonprofits websites during the month of February.

Nonprofit reviews can be a key way to increased funding for many nonprofits, as potential donors and grant makers visit the GuideStar and GreatNonprofits websites to view reviews and take the temperature of nonprofit activities and missions and to leverage the donation tools on those sites.

OLL’s mission is to help children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. OLL is the organizer of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Script Frenzy and the Young Writers Program.

Over 1,000 nonprofits registered to participate in the GuideStar-Kimbia Nonprofit Giveaway contest and over 18,000 reviews were submitted as a result. The Berkeley, CA-based Office of Letters and Light received well over 2,300 reviews in response to the contest. Runners up include Turning Point in 2nd place and Snowbird Outfitters in 3rd place, both with over 600 reviews.

“The compelling stories from all these reviews really show how nonprofits are making a difference. These reviews, in the words of the volunteer, donors or clients served by a nonprofit – shows how people are helping people and changing lives every day. Donors and supporters can read all these inspiring and vivid stories themselves to find a great nonprofit they can trust,” says Perla Ni, CEO GreatNonprofits.

One inspirational and moving review from one of the participants in Office of Letters and Light’s National Novel Writing Month served in Iraq and inspired an Iraqi woman to take part in the program to complete a novel in one month as well. The reviewer writes, “Tirife wrote 51,204 words that November. By hand, on blank paper, on paper that had stuff printed on it, on magazine pages, on anything she could put ink on. She wrote her story as a novel. In the mountains of Iraq, in the squalor of the horrid building she lived in, with no power, no running water, in a country that had a war ongoing in it, she wrote a novel, and now she stood bouncing on her toes, her eyes barely visible, shining with pride, handing me portions of her book for me to read.”

The full press release about the contest can be viewed here:

lindsay-nichols.jpgThe preceding is a guest blog post by Lindsay Nichols, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at America’s Charities, the leader in workplace giving and philanthropy. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, Lindsay guides and oversees the strategy and execution of all marketing and communications efforts with a major emphasis on strategy and tactics that support increased growth for the organization. Lindsay has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Philanthropy, NonProfit Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Public Radio, Dallas Morning News, and more.

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