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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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April 2021 winner Environmental Educators of North Carolina

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Charitocracy's 56th check to April winner Environmental Educators of North Carolina for $1214

We have good news about April winner Environmental Educators of North Carolina, right after this quick update...

Over $75,000 granted

We've been nominating, voting, and granting awards for 56 months now! So it's bound to add up, and we just crossed a nice big milestone.

If ever you wonder how a contribution of just $1 can have an impact, remember that we're multiplying it both across time and across our now over 300 active donors. While most donations are $1 per month, there are enough Charitocracy donors among us fortunate enough to be able to donate more that we average about $4 per month per donor. If you'd like to help increase our monthly pot size, and get us to the $100,000 mark sooner, it's really easy to increase your donation amount! But the best way to get there is always inviting more donors (and thus more voters!) into the mix.

April 2021 winner Environmental Educators of North Carolina

Last night we named Charitocracy's 56th monthly winner. Congratulations to Environmental Educators of North Carolina, nominated by donor florackl. They build connections, provide professional development, and promote excellence in environmental education. 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 EENC next week.

So finally please have a laugh at this 2019 EENC flash mob, and the following blooper reel! Who says environmental educators have no fun?? Then feel good about your part in our collective $1214+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great May, stay safe, and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

March 2021 winner Foodshare

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Charitocracy's 55th check to March winner Foodshare for $1235

We have good news about March winner Foodshare, right after this quick update...

300 Donors for USA

Last month I talked about how we had crossed the 300 donor milestone in February, if looking at total donors across both Charitocracy USA and the new Charitocracy OBX. But in March, we crossed the 300 donor mark even just looking at Charitocracy USA alone. Well done, everyone, but especially to our recent OBX donors who have chosen to contribute to both the OBX and the national pots. I see you. Your generosity is much appreciated! Next stop: 400!

March 2021 winner Foodshare

Last night we named Charitocracy's 55th monthly winner. Congratulations to Foodshare, nominated by donor MegaMom104. They're a food bank maximizing access to nutritious food and resources that support food security for Greater Hartford, CT and beyond. 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 Foodshare next week.

So finally please take a minute to admire what Foodshare's been doing for 38 years now! Then feel good about your part in our collective $1235+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great April, stay safe, and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

300 Donors

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300 Donors

We reached the 100 donor mark during our first month of operation back in September 2016. We reached the 200 donor mark one year later in September 2017. And that's where it stayed for 2018 and 2019, with our new donor attraction rate in rough equilibrium with our attrition rate.

Now, in early 2021, we have crossed the 300 donor mark. 🥳

Sea Change OBX, named the winner one year ago last week, ushered in a new era. An era of nominees encouraging their own networks of donors, members, and followers to join Charitocracy and vote. In fact, the past twelve months have been largely dominated by winners that won by introducing new donors to Charitocracy. And that goes for our most recent February 2021 winner, too!

Another driver of new donors has been our new OBX site. While most OBX donors were already USA donors, we've also attracted some newcomers to this regional spin-off. If you haven't already thrown a buck in the OBX pot, come join us in the voting over there each month, too. Or you can redirect some/all of your current monthly USA donation over to OBX, no additional charge. Adjust your monthly donation here.

Statistical breakdown of 300+ donors

For those who are curious, here's the break-down as of today:

  • USA-only donors: 241
  • OBX-only donors: 19
  • Donors to both pots: 50
  • Total USA donors: 291
  • Total OBX donors: 69
  • Total donors: 310

Where we go from here: 400!

There's nothing stopping us from doing it again in the next 12 months! The #1 thing about Charitocracy that donors like most is how they can amplify their donations. Even at the $1 per month level, their donations when combined with everyone else's add up to over $1000. And when nominating their favorite cause, or "cheerleading" for one particular nominee they feel strongly about, it becomes a real easy sell to attract friends and family.

You invite all your friends with easy to generate social media and/or email invitations. Your friends chip in as little as $12 for the year, and vote for your cause. Once there's a couple dozen of them, you're in a very strong position to have those donations amplified, easily by an order of magnitude. Never mind the next 11 months and beyond of voting in other great causes to win monthly grants!

Do I hear 500? Benj needs a haircut...

I've been saying for a while now that once we hit the 500 active donor mark, I'd be open to cutting my long hair. And perhaps even cutting my hair to a style selected by the most successful Charitocracy recruiter helping to hit the 500 mark!

We've been keeping track of referrals since the beginning, so if you don't see someone listed in your Giving Tree branches that you recruited, or you don't see your recruiter as the root of your tree, give me a yell and I'll patch it up so you get due credit.

But first, see you at 400! The sooner the better.

Nice try, but no. Benj's new hairstyle must involve *less* hair.