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What’s your favorite Acton nonprofit?

GreatNonprofits.org released today its first ever list of top-rated charities in Acton, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top volunteer, giving, and internship opportunities.

Interested in volunteering, giving or interning with a great local charity? GreatNonprofits.org released today its first consolidated list of user-reviewed non-profits in Acton, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top-rated charities to give or work with on issues they care about.
“Local giving and volunteering has exploded in recent years,” says Perla Ni, the CEO of GreatNonprofits, which published the list. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for non-profit reviews by volunteers, donors, and clients alike. “Like Shop local, eat local, people now want to get involved with local nonprofits. People are increasingly interested in making meaningful connections in their own neighborhoods and communities.”

Check out this list to find a great non-profit around Acton

This list only contains charities within 10 miles of Acton, but you can expand it to include non-profits up to 50 miles away, or you can sort through them by issue and user rating. If your favorite charity is missing from the list, you can create a page for it on GreatNonprofits.org. Then you can write and post a review about it, helping others discover the organization and contribute to this great community resource.  Not only does this provide useful feedback for non-profits, which they can use for self-assessment and improvement, but it serves as compelling evidence about their work, which they can show to donors.

It is also a great way to find out about volunteer, internship, and job opportunities at local charities.
“It’s so rewarding for people to discover on-the-ground, maybe lesser-known non-profits doing great work in their own communities,” said Ni. “Getting involved, volunteering or interning with local charities can be a terrific experience, because non-profits need and appreciate the help. You can get substantive responsibilities and hone real-world skills. And you'll be able to make a difference and see it in your own community!"
The full list over 1 million non-profits, which users can explore using zip code, issue, and rating filters, is available at http://greatnonprofits.org/.

About GreatNonprofits

GreatNonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great – and perhaps not yet great – non-profits. Reviews of non-profits can be found at GreatNonprofits.org

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Jim Snyder-Grant September 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
What an out-of-touch cookie-cutter article and list. Most of the organizations listed were not in Acton, or are inactive. You can get a more focused Acton-only list from the same database with this search: http://greatnonprofits.org/organizations/browse/page:5/zipcode:01720/radius:1 but even then, most are unreviewed, giving newcomers no useful information. Let's improve this by listing our own favorite Acton non-profits here. Here's a start: -Household Goods Recycling of Massachusetts - bringing together volunteers and donors and those in need in a virtuous circle of giving and receiving. -Acton Conservation Trust - protecting forests and meadows and wetlands by advocating for open-space protection. -Acton Community Supper - providing an ever expanding set of services focused on the food pantry & the clothing closet. -Iron Work Farm and the Acton Historical Society - Two different groups, but with overlapping memberships and missions in keeping alive our connection to Acton's historic past. Then there's all the way folks can volunteer with groups that aren't formally non-profits - but that's a post for another day, I guess.
lawrence Powers September 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
All great non-profits! Also please do not forget the Acton Boxborough United Way. A wonderful organization where the money goes right to local organizations with direct effect and is closely monitored. All local citizens or business members are on the board of directors.
Mark Howell September 27, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Thanks for posting - I contribute to Acton Community Supper regularly and to HGRM occasionally. And as Larry says, AB United Way is a great way to give to many deserving local organizations.
Aparna September 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Hi Jim, Thanks so much for your suggestions. I posted the list of local nonprofits within 10 miles so that it would be more inclusive, but searching within a smaller radius is also a great option to really get nonprofits closest to you. I really like that you posted some of your favorite nonprofits in your response. Have you had a chance to review these nonprofits on our site? I would love it if you did, so that your experience can be shared with newcomers who want to discover new nonprofits. The best people to provide reliable feedback about nonprofits are people like you! Again, thanks for your feedback, and thanks for being a supporter of local nonprofits.
Maria Anthony September 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
The Robert Creeley Foundation, comprised of community members and ABRHS students is a not-for-profit group based in Acton that works to honor the memory of poet Robert Creeley, formerly of Acton, through an annual poety reading featuring a renowned poet, the Helen Creeley student poetry prize, student open mic nights at the high school, and the art broadside project.
Naomi McManus September 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The Doli Atamian Campership is for local children of families who are income eligible living in the communities of Acton & Boxboro. The campership offers a $250 scholarship to eligible children who want a camp or summer school experience during the summer. A 501-c3 non-profit.
Kimberley Connors-Hughes September 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Iron Work Farm of Acton has been working to preserve the historic stories and places of South Acton since 1964. IWF owns the oldest building in town, the 1707 Faulkner Homestead and runs it and the 1732 Jones Tavern as historical house museums. On October 6th we open the doors of the Jones Tavern to townsfolk for a celebration of Acton history, our agricultural roots and fun.

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