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Benj is not in his Wright mind, trying to spin OBX version of Charitocracy before October

OBX gets its own Charitocracy spin-off!

In hopes of harnessing the impressive engagement from the Outer Banks community of North Carolina, while at the same time calming the nerves of donors everywhere else who see only OBX causes winning lately, I'm busily working on a solution. The Outer Banks will have its own Charitocracy soon. Its own nominees, its own monthly pot, its own winners.

My goal is to finish by the end of September, and make October a dry run. Only OBX charities can be nominated in the new spin-off site, whereas the original national version of Charitocracy will proceed as normal, except without the OBX-specific charities. Current donors can choose to switch over, or with a minimum donation of $1/month per pot, they can participate (nominate, discuss, vote) in both!

Other future spin-offs?

And maybe in the future there will be more than two?? Contact us if you think a local spin-off would be successful in your area. In addition to geographical spin-offs, we could also host topic-specific spin-offs. Imagine a Charitocracy of all environmental causes, or natural disaster responses, or animal rescues, or social justice initiatives? The key is to start off with a critical mass of 100+ donors contributing an average of $5/month each, so we hit the ground running with a $500+ prize every month.

Challenge: make OBX Charitocracy bigger than the original!

The OBX monthly pot will naturally start out smaller with its new donor base. But I suspect it will grow more quickly than the national donor base and monthly pot did, thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication already demonstrated by OBX donors so far this year. Big question: will it outgrow the original national pot? Consider the challenge extended, OBX. There's no speed limit here at Charitocracy.

Now I need to get back to work! Just because I'm talking about it doesn't mean it exists yet. But I've started. And I'm no stranger to all-nighters. You all have me energized. Let's do this!

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Spotlight on Give to Glass

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Nominee Give to Glass

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Give to Glass, nominated by donor fordcl. Under the fiscal umbrella of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, they fundraise for a nationwide coalition of glass studios, Glass Impact, dedicated to uplifting diverse voices and ideas through glass. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Give to Glass

​​Give to Glass is a fundraising campaign created by and for Glass Impact, a nationwide coalition of nonprofit, community-focused glass organizations collaborating to create equity and expand access to the glass arts.

Each of our member studios is supported primarily through public programming, which has made the economic fallout of COVID-19 and social distancing particularly devastating.

By supporting Glass Impact through the Give to Glass Campaign, you are making a statement:

A diverse and accessible glass community is the best way that we can move the industry forward, and we cannot afford to allow COVID-19 to eliminate the studios that are fighting for inclusivity.

So please visit the page of nominee Give to Glass to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this 2-minute video about their urgent mission to keep the craft of glass alive despite the pandemic:

Spotlight on Peace Garden Project

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Nominee Peace Garden Project

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Peace Garden Project, nominated by donor Griffinan. They work against -isms and phobias in the world while feeding people. They don't just grow food, they grow healthy community. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Peace Garden Project

Seed Time

We plant seeds, but we don't just grow food, we grow hope. More than 42 million people in the United States are food insecure. Anyone is welcome to join us on our garden work days. Our work days are one of the primary ways that we build community. We plant seeds together, and work the land together. No one works alone, and all of the food goes to the community. If you come early on harvest day, you can also go home with a fresh loaf of bread baked by one of our interns.

Harvest Time

Join us on harvest day. The vegetables from our harvest go to families in the community that are in need. Individuals and families self-select. We want to remove the shame from being food insecure. Families can come and work with us on harvest day but this is not a prerequisite for receiving produce from the garden. Following the harvest and distribution, stay for Pizza! We will gather around tables and have vegetarian pizza while we learn about each other and continue our process of building community.

Access

We believe it is important for all people to have access to fresh food. Our produce is free from pesticides. Though not certified organic, we recognize the value of food being free from chemicals, pesticides, and other types of additives. We don't use any of these in the growing of our food.

So please visit the page of nominee Peace Garden Project to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!