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Grant Advisor Crowd-Sourced Website is Like a "Yelp" for Foundations 

CalNonprofits is proud to share the news that GrantAdvisor was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the Not-for-Profit sector for 2018. GrantAdvisor is an initiative of California Association of Nonprofits, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and Great Nonprofits.

"We launched the GrantAdvisor website in July 2017 to harness the power of crowd-sourced reviews for the nonprofit and philanthropic community," explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of CalNonprofits. "It's gratifying to see it gain traction, with nonprofits sharing candid reviews and foundations responding. GrantAdvisor is raising grantmaking impact through this feedback, and we appreciate the recognition from Fast Company."

GrantAdvisor allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to share their first-hand experiences working with funders through anonymous reviews and comments. Since launching in July 2017, over 1,000 reviews have been written about 380 funders on GrantAdvisor. The site has garnered reviews from every state, and includes reviews from 5 countries. Designated contacts at 150 foundations are now responding to reviews of their foundations on the site. More than 20 California foundations have profiles on GrantAdvisor.

CalNonprofits and our partners extend our gratitude to everybody who has already participated in GrantAdvisor- whether you've written a review, responded to a review written about your foundation, or if you've visited the site and read reviews as part of your fundraising research.

PS: Want to read more about the rationale for GrantAdvisor? Read Fast Company's profile from last fall: This New Review Site Lets Nonprofits Give Feedback To Foundations

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