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Benj and Jessica launched a nonprofit. Follow our journey as we built a 501(c)(3) and a web site, and now usher in an endless stream of worthy charity nominees and monthly grant winners!

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Spotlight on nominee Sandy Hook Promise

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Nominee Sandy Hook Promise

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Sandy Hook Promise, nominated by donor Stephanie. They protect America’s children from gun violence in honor of the precious lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 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 Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise envisions a future where children are free from shootings and acts of violence in their schools, homes, and communities.

Our mission is to end school shootings and create a culture change that prevents violence and other harmful acts that hurt children.

Building A National Movement To Prevent Gun Violence

  • Education: Know the Signs programs help prevent school violence, shootings, and other harmful acts -- at no cost to schools.
  • Organization: More than 9,000 Promise Leader volunteers working nationwide to keep kids safe.
  • Research: Comprehensive and rigorous evaluations reveal best practices in school violence prevention.
  • Advocacy: Leading on state and federal laws to keep our students safe.

So please visit the page of nominee Sandy Hook Promise to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And please watch this hard to watch PSA from Sandy Hook Promise featuring survivors of school shootings.

May 2022 winner NARAL Pro-Choice America

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Charitocracy's 69th check to May winner NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation for $1040

We have good news about May winner NARAL Pro-Choice America, right after this quick update...

A Relief Valve for Conscientious Objectors

With Planned Parenthood and now NARAL Pro-Choice America both winning over the past year, there's something I should probably mention. Or at least remind you about since I bet I haven't mentioned it in years. It's a mechanism I built into Charitocracy dating back to the beta-test stage in summer of 2016.

It has not been used often, and I hope it continues not to be needed often. But if you have a dilemma whereby you can't in good conscience, for example due to religious beliefs, support the winning cause, you just need to get in touch and we'll direct your monthly contribution that month toward Charitocracy's general expenses instead of the monthly grant check.

Here's where you can find it described in the FAQ if you're curious!

So just be sure to let me know during the 1st week of the month before I write out the check, and I'm happy to keep you happy. While I always want democracy to prevail, I also want you all to sleep well at night. 😘

May 2022 winner NARAL Pro-Choice America

At midnight on May 31 we named Charitocracy's 69th monthly winner. Congratulations to NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation, nominated by donor Stephanie. They shift the culture of shame around abortion to help guarantee every woman the right to informed and empowered choices. You can find their website 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 NARAL next week.

So finally check out this short video, “The Future Is Forward,” which takes viewers on a journey through time, to see and feel how far we’ve come in the fight for reproductive freedom in the United States. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1040+ grant to support NARAL's ongoing work.

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

Spotlight on nominee LittleBricks Charity

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Nominee LittleBrick Charity

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee LittleBricks Charity, nominated by donor Bubba. They build BIG smiles on kids who truly deserve to smile by delivering LEGO sets to children's hospitals and directly to kids. 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 LittleBricks Charity

Our Mission is to Build BIG Smiles on children who truly deserve to smile, when they need it the most.

We do this by getting LEGO® Sets into the hands of these amazing children.

Why LEGO® Sets?

Play is how children make sense of the world around them. In the hospital, it helps kids in multiple ways.

  • Provides Escape
  • Feel In Control
  • Better Understand

Most importantly, it makes them smile.

So please visit the page of nominee LittleBricks Charity to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this moving video about how the LittleBricks president dealt with losing his job during COVID. Spoiler alert: he went full-time on LittleBricks!