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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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July 2020 winner Food for Thought

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Charitocracy's 47th check to July winner Food for Thought for $1437

We have good news about July winner Food for Thought, right after this quick update...

250+ donors!

We reached the 100 donor milestone in Charitocracy's first month (September 2016), and the 200 donor milestone a year later during September 2017. Since then, our new donor rate has balanced our attrition rate freakishly closely, which has had us hovering +/- at 200 ever since. Almost like that's a magic number?

But thanks to the recruiting efforts of Sea Change OBX in February as well as our new July winner announced here today, our donor count has passed the 250 donor milestone!

250 donors is a real accomplishment, and truly inspires and fuels me to continue making Charitocracy bigger and better each month. This growth is almost entirely thanks to organic invitations to friends and family members! So... thanks! And keep 'em coming!

July 2020 winner Food for Thought

Last night we named Charitocracy's 47th monthly winner. Congratulations to Food for Thought, nominated by donor whitelin. They reduce hunger and academic risk facing elementary children in Dare County, NC by providing healthy meals to build strong minds. You can find their web page here. They managed to recruit well over a dozen new Charitocracy donors to vote for their cause. This is exactly how you do it: get out the vote!

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 Food for Thought.

Before you go, check out this short Food for Thought video (starring the nominator!) reminding you of who they are and what they do. It was shot before the pandemic, in case it sets off your social distancing alarms. Remember when we could be that close to other humans without masks?? Then feel good about your part in our collective $1437+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

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

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Spotlight on Food for Thought

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Nominee Food for Thought

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Food for Thought, nominated by donor whitelin. They reduce hunger and academic risk facing elementary children in Dare County, NC by providing healthy meals to build strong minds. 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 Food for Thought

Who We Are...

Hunger impedes children’s ability to think, learn and develop. The school breakfast and lunch program feed children at school but not on weekends. Recognizing the tremendous need, Food for Thought was born.

This unique all-volunteer community non-profit organization, established in December 2006, is dedicated to reducing hunger and academic risk facing elementary children in Dare County by providing healthy meals to build strong minds.

How We Help...

By providing nutritious and child-pleasing nonperishable breakfasts, lunches and snacks for elementary children who meet specific family criteria in Dare County on the weekends and holidays during the school year.

In February 2006, this all volunteer program began as a pilot serving 54 children who met specific criteria at Manteo Elementary School. The need was so great and the benefits so apparent that Food for Thought expanded in September 2006 to encompass elementary schools, preschool and secondary students. Last summer, the first weekend summer program was initiated in partnership with the area YMCA.

Today, businesses, churches, community groups, governmental officials and private citizens have joined together in this community outreach program.

Take the Food for Thought Challenge. Make a difference.

So please visit the page of nominee Food for Thought to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this short video covering who they are and what they do:

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June 2020 winner Color of Change

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Charitocracy's 46th check to June winner Color of Change for $1434

We have good news about June winner Color of Change, right after this quick update...

100 Nominees!

In June we hit the 100 nominee milestone. And the 100th nominee was none other than Color of Change! I'll blog about it soon, but here's a sneak preview of the video I made to celebrate. Unmuting is highly recommended! 🙂

100 nominees is a real accomplishment, and it's all thanks to you nominators out there. 72 of you, and counting! Thanks.

June 2020 winner Color of Change

Last night we named Charitocracy's 46th monthly winner. Congratulations to Color of Change, nominated by donor carolinatim. They design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. You can find their web page 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 Color of Change. (We've already received several generous pot sweeteners today, thanks!!)

Before you go, check out this short video. It shows some of the many recent changes Color of Change has helped provoke. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1434+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

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

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Spotlight on Color of Change

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Nominee Color of Change

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Color of Change, nominated by donor carolinatim. Color of Change design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward. 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 Color of Change

Lately I've been doing a lot of listening and learning. I want to support our new nominees this month as best I can.

Recent events, especially the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the weeks of national and international protests that followed, have gripped the world's attention. And there are an overwhelming number of organizations rising to this occasion, many of them nonprofits or with nonprofit fundraising arms. Whether organizing and supporting protests and other events, engaging the media and raising awareness in the general public, establishing legal defense funds, or setting policy agendas to end police brutality and so many other forms of systemic racial discrimination, they're all working to accelerate change. And they're getting tangible results! Police are being charged for murder and held accountable for excessive uses of force. Cities are reconsidering the status quo for their police forces, with defunding or outright abolition part of the conversation. And perhaps most crucially, people are talking about race. Out loud.

So where does Color of Change fit into this picture? They're essentially a giant one-stop-shopping consolidator of support for a vast variety of issues impacting Black people and striving to strengthen Black political power. The campaigns, in the form of digital petitions (think MoveOn.org and Change.org), are established by Color of Change or even by individuals looking to address Black issues at the local level via their OrganizeFor.org platform.

In their own words:

Our Mission

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.

We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

Our Work

Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.

Racial Justice: An Integrated Approach

The forces that shape our lives are interrelated. We cannot end racism in one area without tackling it in all areas. Racist policing is propped up by racist media narratives on crime and justice. Political inequality is reinforced by economic inequality. Unlivable wages and unfair hiring practices make it easier for corporations to continue to exploit Black workers and consumers.

We design winning strategies to change the written and unwritten rules in the industries that affect Black people’s lives the most and have the greatest potential to advance racial justice.

So please visit the page of nominee Color of Change to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this short video covering all the things Color of Change accomplished in 2019:

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