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Spotlight on Hurricane Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross, nominated by donor TdotWING. The American Red Cross, among many other things, help people affected by Hurricane Dorian by preparing for, responding to, and helping people recover from this disaster. 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 (scroll down for social sharing icons) 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 Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Hurricane Dorian carved a path of devastation in the Bahamas, leaving behind catastrophic damage and affecting an estimated 76,000 people and more than 13,000 homes.

As the storm continues to move along the U.S. coast, pummeling communities with high storm surge, rain, and tornado threats, the American Red Cross is there to provide food, shelter, comfort, and hope.

Hurricane Dorian Response

More than 2,500 Red Cross disaster responders from across the country have worked with kindness and compassion to support people in threatened communities across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In preparation for this powerful storm, 110 emergency response vehicles and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets, and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals, were mobilized near evacuation centers and at-risk communities.

Your gift helps us support hard-hit communities in many ways

  • Pre-position supplies for faster response
  • Open evacuation shelters to keep people safe during the storm
  • Provide shelter and food until families can return home
  • Distribute water, food and relief supplies in impacted neighborhoods
  • Help those who need first aid or medical care
  • Give hope, help, and comfort
  • Provide clean up supplies
  • Assess damage in impacted neighborhoods
  • Create recovery plans to get families back on their feet

So visit the page of nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

August 2019 winner National Institute for Reproductive Health

Charitocracy's 36th check to August winner National Institute for Reproductive Health for $1335

We have good news about August winner National Institute for Reproductive Health, right after this quick update...

Roadtrip Half Over, or Roadtrip Half Left?

It just so happens that Jessica and I, halfway through our epic family RV trip, find ourselves auspiciously with a real Internet connection at a campground near Mesa Verde, Colorado. Perfect for blogging about our new winner! And today we also celebrate 3 years of Charitocracy being online, but we can save that celebration for the end of our birthday month, when we'll be back home at Charitocracy HQ with proper birthday cake baking capabilities.

August 2019 winner National Institute for Reproductive Health

Last night we named Charitocracy's 36th monthly winner. That's 3 years of winners!! Congratulations to National Institute for Reproductive Health, nominated by donor Bethany (her second winning nom)! They build power to change policy, galvanize support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to NIRH.

Before you go, check out this 5 minute film covering how the National Institute for Reproductive Health helps promote reproductive freedom. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1335+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great September and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

Spotlight on nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited, nominated by donor Marthaek. They support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future. 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 (scroll down for social sharing icons) 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 Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Who We Are

We support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future.

What We Do

Gifts of Hope collaborates with the Sudbury town social worker and Voices against Violence, who identify families in need of financial help and are struggling with meeting their most basic needs.

How To Help

Please consider donating the following items:

Household Goods (Dishes, Glasses, Pots, Pans, Silverware), Small Kitchen Appliances, New Bed Linens, New Bath & Hand Towels, Washcloths, Furniture, Feminine Hygiene Products, Diapers (any size), Visa, Uber And Lyft Cards, Pharmacy and Grocery Cards.

So visit nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on nominee The Pipsqueakery

Nominee The Pipsqueakery

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee The Pipsqueakery, nominated by donor xelay. They're a rodent rescue and sanctuary located in Bloomington, Indiana, focusing on medically and behaviorally needy hamsters. 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 (scroll down for social sharing icons) 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 The Pipsqueakery

So, what, or who, is The Pipsqueakery?

The long answer is that we are two adults who happen to love hamsters (and other rodents)! We got our first hamsters together in March 2012, adopted 3 more from our local shelter in the summer of 2012 (including our lovely little Pipsqueak), and then began fostering for EARPS, Inc in May 2013. We lead busy personal lives as a nurse and a recently lawyer, but our real passion is for the hamsters.

We like to keep our numbers under 50 hamsters, but we are also equipped to handle large intakes. We have a particular soft spot for medically needy hamsters and the medically needy hamsters have a forever home with us. We have had hamster with diabetes (they get two injections of insulin a day), blind hamsters, deaf hamsters, hamsters missing limbs, hamsters with chronic eye issues, hamsters with kidney failure, hamsters with chronic respiratory issues, hamsters with no teeth, hamsters who have been severely abused or neglected, hamsters with serious injuries, and many simply elderly hamsters that need a place to live out their time in comfort.

If you are interested in helping us please go to www.thepipsqueakery.org/help to see all the different ways you can help!

So visit nominee The Pipsqueakery's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this 15 second video of Baby Elvira. (There are more Pipsqueaks where this came from!)

July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

Charitocracy's 35th check to July winner World Central Kitchen for $1393

We have good news about July winner World Central Kitchen, right after this quick update...

Sharing is Caring

You may have noticed or read about it when we unlocked most of the site (except voting!) for non-donors and search engines to see. Now as part of this effort, social sharing of nominee pages works, too! In the "Don't Be So Antisocial" social media widget on the side or bottom of every nominee voting page you'll find icons for Facebook and Twitter which reveal share buttons to share the page. Alternatively, you can manually copy and paste the URL from your web browser. You can even drop that URL into a text message and have the spiffy share image pop up automatically. FYI, social sharing works on blog pages like this one, too.

So share your favorite causes far and wide with friends and family and strangers and arch enemies! Beg them, seduce them, guilt trip them, whatever you have to do. Just get them to join Charitocracy and maybe even vote for your favorite cause!

July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

Last night we named Charitocracy's 35th monthly winner. Congratulations to World Central Kitchen, nominated by donor Stephanie. They have expanded globally and developed into a Chef Network creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to World Central Kitchen next week.

Before you go, check out this 7-year-old short film about World Central Kitchen in its infancy, working only in Haiti, and revel in how far they've come since then, responding to 13 disasters last year. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1393+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great August and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Charitocracy's 34th check to June winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation for $1530

We have good news about June winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, right after this quick update...

Summer Travel

I returned home at midnight last night, just as our new Charitocracy winner was being selected. It's the first dark night I've seen for weeks. I've been adventure traveling with my son near the Arctic, spanning summer solstice, where at best the sky dims a bit for a couple hours. It's strange having to once again plan my time around something as pesky as when the sun will be out!

Now I look forward to settling down and enjoying some actual summer heat before hitting the road again with Jessica and the kids for 6 weeks in August. We'll be embarking on an epic family RV trip with a focus on national parks. But my Charitocracy laptop is no stranger to the nomadic lifestyle, so you can expect things to roll on without disruption. There just may be a day or two in there when we have no access to Internet. Charitocracy pretty much runs itself these days, anyway!

June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Last night we named Charitocracy's 34th monthly winner. Congratulations to Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, nominated by donors katnadam0616. They support and shape the direction of research into the cure, prevention, and management of cerebral palsy. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to CPARF next week.

Before you go, check out CPARF's video about how something as simple as a wheelchair can transform lives. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1530+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great July and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

Spotlight on nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

Nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health, nominated by donor Bethany. They advance reproductive freedom through proactive policy. 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 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 National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception.

Using a partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We are a force multiplier – we form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to directly impact the reproductive health and lives of women across the country. Since 2008, NIRH has provided direct grants and hands-on support to more than 170 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 43 states and 64 localities across the country.

At the national level, we go where others don’t, engaging in groundbreaking public opinion research and original reports, proactive policy initiatives, and innovative advocacy campaigns to shape a new national conversation about reproductive freedom. We’re also known for our signature initiatives, including our nationally recognized youth leadership and peer education program, TORCH.

Our political arm, the NIRH Action Fund, works in parallel to change state and local electoral and policy landscapes.

We don’t just push back against restrictions on abortion and contraception; we fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

So visit NIRH's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this 5 minute film covering how the National Institute helps promote reproductive freedom:

Spotlight on nominee Americans United

Nominee Americans United: Religious Freedom Means Everyone Welcome Here

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Americans United for Separation of Church and State, nominated by donor jzp-charitocracy. They use litigation, lobbying and grassroots advocacy to advance the separation of religion and government. 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 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 Americans United

Who We Are

We are lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. We are people of faith and people who don't profess any particular faith. We are a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.

What We Do

We use high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy.
  • The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religion.​

Our Mission

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all.

So visit Americans United's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this great video about AU on the occasion of their 70th birthday:

Spotlight on nominee Together Rising

Nominee Together Rising: How to change the world with $25

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Together Rising, nominated by donor bertiebrinkley. They connect donors with people and organizations who effectively address critical needs around the world or in their communities. 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 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 Together Rising

What We're About

Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.

In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn.

Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas — Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.

We live in a world where people believe that We Belong To Each Other. We live in a world where people give away hard-earned money to strangers. We live in a world where Love Wins. And we have proof: Since 2012, Together Rising has raised over Fifteen Million Dollars, with a most frequent donation of $25.

Most of Together Rising’s funds are raised through Love Flash Mobs, time-limited fundraisers that have revolutionized crowd-sourced online giving, with thousands of strangers giving a maximum of $25 to meet a particular need in a matter of hours. Through these Love Flash Mobs, we are proving that small gifts can change the world in revolutionary ways.

100% of what Together Rising receives from every personal donation goes directly to an individual, family, or cause in need – not one penny we receive from individual donation goes to administration costs, unless a donor specifically authorizes that use.

So visit Together Rising's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this moving video about a recent reunion of deported parents with their child, one of many such reunions made possible with Love Flash Mob fundraising by Together Rising: