Camp Sunshine Honored as 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
GreatNonprofits.org award is based on positive online reviews
CASCO, Maine (May 19, 2014) – Camp Sunshine announced today that it has been honored with a prestigious 2014 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
Camp Sunshine (www.campsunshine.org) is a one-of-a-kind national retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
“We are excited to be one of the first nonprofit organizations nationwide to be named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit,” said Anna Gould, Founder of Camp Sunshine. “We are proud that this award comes as we celebrate our 30th anniversary this year. The award is meaningful to us as it is based on the personal experiences of our families, volunteers and supporters. It’s both gratifying and humbling to read their comments and understand the impact Camp Sunshine has made in their lives.”
The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that Camp Sunshine received from those who have had direct experience with the organization – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.
Many reviews were posted by people who have been touched by Camp Sunshine and wanted to share their story.
For example, a father with a daughter living with a rare disease said their week at Camp Sunshine proved invaluable: “Having a child with a very rare disease makes it hard to find other families who understand what we go through. Being at Camp Sunshine helped us to connect with other families going through our situation and with the specialists that treat her disease. It was such an amazing week in our lives and our daughter really enjoyed being like other kids.”
Another parent said Camp Sunshine is a welcome refuge for their sick child and family: “Our son has a life threatening disease, Fanconi anemia. He has already lived through a bone marrow transplant and is highly susceptible to many cancers. Camp Sunshine is a place for families and patients to feel normal and deal with the trauma horrific medical conditions can bring.”
A mother who volunteers at Camp Sunshine with her daughter wrote about the impact of the experience: “When my daughter and I decided to volunteer at Camp Sunshine the first time, we knew it was going to be an amazing experience. NEVER in our wildest dreams did we think it would be as incredible as it is. Camp Sunshine is in our hearts forever and has become one of the best parts of our lives.”
While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, Camp Sunshine was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, Camp Sunshine will be included in GreatNonprofits’ #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. The guide will be released later this year.
“Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits. “People with direct experience with Camp Sunshine have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”
Being on the Top-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence in the credibility of a nonprofit organization, she said, as the reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-the-ground results.
Camp Sunshine operates year-round on the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake and provides week-long respites at no charge to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The camp offers the only program in the nation whose sole mission is to address the impact of cancer, kidney disease, lupus and other life-threatening illnesses on every member of the immediate family. The program includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. While attending the various sessions, families are able to rebuild relationships together and meet other families facing similar challenges.
Camp Sunshine relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to carry out its mission. For more information about Camp Sunshine’s programs and to learn more about volunteering or making a donation, visit the camp’s website at www.campsunshine.org, or call (207) 655-3800.
GreatNonprofits is the leading site for donors and volunteers to find reviews and ratings of nonprofits. Reviews on the site influence 30 million donation decisions a year. Visit www.greatnonprofits.org for more information.
About Camp Sunshine
Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat, which provides respite, support, joy, and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through various stages of a child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. To support Camp Sunshine, call (207) 655-3800 or visit www.campsunshine.org.
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