GuideStar Invites Environmental and Wildlife Nonprofits to Enter GuideStar Green Giveaway

Ten qualifying organizations chosen at random will each win $500
Release date: April 6, 2010

Washington, D.C., and Williamsburg, Va.—In honor of Earth Day, GuideStar, the leading source of nonprofit information, invites environmental and wildlife nonprofits to enter the GuideStar Green Giveaway for a chance to win $500.

A nonprofit must meet all of the following criteria to qualify for the Giveaway:

  1. Be classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
  2. Have a National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code listed under C, Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification; D30, Wildlife Preservation/Protection; or D50, Marine Wildlife.
  3. Have at least 10 user reviews on GuideStar,, or GreatNonprofits,
  4. Have entered the Giveaway no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2010.

Ten organizations will be selected at random from the qualified entries the week of May 3. Winners will be featured on the GuideStar Web site and announced in the May 6, 2010, issue of the GuideStar Newsletter.

"The goals of the GuideStar Green Giveaway are to bring nonprofit reviews to the attention of a wider audience and to support environmental and wildlife organizations," stated Bob Ottenhoff, GuideStar's president and CEO. "Because the reviews are written by people who have firsthand experience with an organization—board members, volunteers, recipients of the nonprofit's services, donors—they help answer the most important question you can ask about a nonprofit: 'How well is the organization accomplishing its mission?' They also provide powerful testimonials about a nonprofit's accomplishments and valuable feedback about things that could be improved. Although the GuideStar Green Giveaway is limited to environmental and wildlife organizations, future giveaways will feature nonprofits working in other areas, so that over time, all organizations will have a chance to enter a GuideStar giveaway."

Eligible organizations can enter online at For information on entering by mail, see the Official Rules,

For more information about the Giveaway and user reviews, see This page also links to tips for writing reviews and suggestions organizations can use to encourage their stakeholders to write reviews.

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