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154 Organizations Make the Top-Rated Women's Empowerment Nonprofits List

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GreatNonprofits and GuideStar today jointly announced that 154 organizations serving women have qualified for the 2010 Top-Rated Women's Empowerment Nonprofits List, on the basis of user reviews submitted during a national campaign in May.

The reviews were posted as part of the 2010 Women's Empowerment Campaign, conducted in partnership with the National Organization for Women, Kiva, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, MADRE, Wider Opportunities for Women, Dress for Success, World Pulse, Women's Media Center, Women News Network, and Women's Philanthropy - Women's Issues.

Over the course of the campaign, 46,000 people visited the GreatNonprofits site, and 358 nonprofit organizations serving women were rated and reviewed by stakeholders.

In the process, a total of 3276 new user reviews were gathered.

All 154 organizations on the top-rated list received ten or more positive reviews. The entire list can be found at http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/issues/women/_.

"So many nonprofits are serving women on so many issues - from domestic violence, parenting, and breast cancer to eating disorders, birth control and the wage gap," said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. "They are all very deserving of our attention and support for the great work they are doing that ultimately benefits not just women, but everyone."

Among the nonprofits making the top-rated list is the Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville, FL, which for 25 years has been cited by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency as "the only statewide prevention program in the country that effectively targets girls with consistent, positive results."

"PACE is unlike any non-profit I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving," writes nona, a board member. "I have personally witnessed angry, disenchanted girls transforming into confident and ambitious young women after going through the program. The staff is not only knowledgeable, but also displays a limitless compassion and optimism that is infectious."

Another nonprofit on the top-rated list, Suited for Change in Washington, D.C., "provides professional clothing and ongoing career education to low-income women to increase their employment and job retention potential and to contribute to their economic independence.

"There was a dark period of my life whereas I had lost all hope for the present and the future," writes noridme. "It was a monumental effort just to get off the couch and feed my cat. Suffering from back-to-back personal losses, I was unemployed, about to become homeless, and deeply depressed. Eventually, there was a shining light called "Suited for Change" that brought me out of that darkness and renewed my self-esteem. The first time I walked through their doors changed my life, for the better, forever."

Another top-rated organization, the Association for Women in Science, is a "national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors" based in Alexandria, VA.

"I think, for a female even in a modern and 'educated' world it, is still hard to promote your career," writes mtcherpakov. "Therefore seeing support and successful examples of other women in AWIS was very encouraging for me. It means you CAN handle your career and family life without giving up on yourself, your dreams and hopes and make a real difference in this world."

About the 2010 Women's Empowerment Campaign

All user reviews appear on GreatNonprofits.org as well as GuideStar.org. Nonprofits with 10 or more positive reviews are included on the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Women's Empowerment Nonprofits List. Review submissions took place from May 1st through May 31st, 2010.

Partner Organizations

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and advance women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization with more than 100 affiliates that help disadvantaged women achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.

Kiva is the world's first online micro-lending website to help the world's working poor help themselves to alleviate poverty. Kiva serves entrepreneurs in the US and internationally.

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that uses human rights to advance social justice.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women.

Vivanista is the go-to community for philanthropic living and giving that empowers women to affect change in the world.

Wider Opportunities for Women is building pathways to lifelong economic security for low income women and their families.

Women News Network Using the highest standard in journalism, WNN is dedicated to bringing you in-depth international women's news not found in our current public media stream.

Women's Media Center is amplifying women's voices and changing the conversation by working with the media to ensure that women's stories are told in three ways: through media advocacy campaigns; by creating our own media; and by training women to participate directly in media.

Women's Philanthropy - Women's Issues is a clearinghouse for sharing information and resources about funding support and global women's issues, as well as a forum for promoting dialogue, exchange and feedback about critical issues that affect women's lives.

World Pulse is a global network connecting women worldwide through our magazine and interactive community newswire where women are speaking out and changing each other's lives from over 150 countries, including rural villages.

GreatNonprofits is the leading provider of user-generated ratings and reviews of nonprofits.

GuideStar is the leading source of philanthropic information on the Internet.

Media Contacts: David Weir - david@greatnonprofits.org (415) 407-0257
or
Emma Bundy - emma@greatnonprofits.org (510) 504-2048
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