F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP announced Friday, Nov. 7, that it has been honored with a prestigious 2016 Top-­-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-­-Rated 2016 Nonprofit,” said Maggi Feiner, President & CEO. “We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including providing emergency financial assistance, youth scholarships and food from our food pantry for many of our island neighbors.”

The Top-­-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that F.I.S.H. received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit. For example, one person wrote,

I really don't know what I would have done if FISH had not extended a helping and loving hand to me in my deepest and darkest hour. My husband became unexpectedly and critically ill in 2015, and was hospitalized twice for extended periods of time with a prognosis that was not promising. During his two hospitalizations combined with inpatient rehabilitation he was unable to work, and although we had saved for emergencies, and he had medical insurance it was not enough to cover all of our expenses. We fell behind on many of our financial responsibilities. . . . [client continues] Our lives have been forever changed by my husband's illness, and during our crisis, FISH gave us hope, gave us encouragement and the support necessary to get back on our feet. I am forever grateful and will never forget how deeply and tenderly they have touched our lives.”

While the Top-­-Rated Awards ran through the end of October, F.I.S.H. was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. In addition, F.I.S.H. has been added to GreatNonprofits #GivingTuesday Guide—an interactive guide to top nonprofits throughout the years. Look for this near the holidays.

Savvy donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with F.I.S.H. have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Being on the Top-­-Rated list gives donors and volunteers more confidence that this is a credible organization. The reviews by volunteers, clients and other donors show the on-­-the-­-ground results of this nonprofit. This award is a form of recognition by the community.

About F.I.S.H.

F.I.S.H of Sanibel-Captiva, Inc. is a human services organization, focused for over thirty years on ‘neighbors helping neighbors’. The mission of F.I.S.H. is to lend a helping hand to those who live, work or visit here. The F.I.S.H. vision is to enrich the lives of everyone on Sanibel and Captiva Islands through an array of Food Programs, Island Based Workshops, Social Services and Helping Hands. F.I.S.H is staffed by more than 150 volunteers, a United Way house and an equal opportunity provider. F.I.S.H. Offers a wide range of human services including:

Emergency financial assistance

Food pantry

In-home visitation

Non-emergency transport on and off the Island

Temporary loan of health equipment

Hurricane preparedness information

Daily hot meals program

FISH relies on community support to fund all programs and accepts unopened, unexpired food items which are delivered directly to our neighbors. Without our donors, F.I.S.H. would not be able to provide the services that we do.  Every donation does make a difference.  94% of all donations go directly to our clients in need.   For additional information, please visit www.fishofsancap.org

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