Last June, our partner GreatNonprofits commemorated Gay and Lesbian Pride Month with the Pride Choice campaign, in which they asked the public to submit reviews and ratings about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning) nonprofits. During the course of the campaign, more than 32,000 people submitted 736 reviews for more than 60 nonprofits. The reviews can be seen in the organizations' reports on both GreatNonprofits and GuideStar.
The following nonprofits had the most positive reviews in their budget ranges or categories and were named the winners of the 2009 Pride Choice Awards:
- Annual budget less than $250,000—Gay Christian Network, Raleigh, N.C.
- Annual budget between $250,000 and $1 million—Keshet, Inc., Jamaica Plain, Mass.
- Annual budget more than $1 million—The Trevor Project, West Hollywood, Calif.
- Best of Northeast—Straight Spouse Network, Mahwah, N.J.
- Best of Southeast—Whosoever Ministries, Camden, S.C.
- Best of Midwest—Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee, Wis.
- Best of Southwest—Utah Pride Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Best of West—Shanti Project, San Francisco, Calif.
Suzanne E. Coffman, August 2009
© 2009, GuideStar USA, Inc.
Suzanne Coffman is GuideStar's director of communications and editor of the Newsletter.
Youth Thrive Awards
Kick off the new school year by writing a review about your favorite nonprofit that serves youth. You'll let the world know about a worthy organization, and you might even win a Birkenstock certificate, treats from Greyston Bakery, or another prize. Reviews must be submitted by September 30, 2009.
If you are with an organization that serves youth, now is the time to ask your donors, volunteers, board members, clients, and other stakeholders to submit reviews. The nonprofits that receive the most positive reviews in their respective categories will be named Youth Thrive Award winners.