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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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November 2022 winner Street Medicine Institute

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Charitocracy's 75th check to November winner Street Medicine Institute for $1000

We have good news about November winner Street Medicine Institute, right after this important update...

The Giving Season

Warm wishes to you from Charitocracy this holiday season, and I hope you are able to find some peaceful moments to contemplate all the good you've done this year, not least of which through your donations and influence here. We are making a difference in people's lives, and it feels great. So if it comes up in conversation while gathered with family and friends, tell a loved one about Charitocracy. The more the merrier!

November 2022 winner Street Medicine Institute

Last night we named Charitocracy's 75th monthly winner. Congratulations to Street Medicine Institute nominated by donor cperg814. They facilitate and enhance the direct provision of health care to the unsheltered homeless where they live. 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 SMI next week. And take a moment to watch this video about who they are and what they do. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1000+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great December, and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause! And consider investing in our future by growing our endowment!

Spotlight on nominee The IOCC Foundation

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Nominee The IOCC Foundation

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee The IOCC Foundation, nominated by donor StephL. They support humanitarian relief and development programs and provide seed money to establish new programs and initiatives. 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 The IOCC Foundation

Gifts to the IOCC Foundation are disbursed to support the mission of IOCC. The IOCC Foundation is a nonprofit organization which exists to further IOCC’s work.

Our Mission

IOCC, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond.

VISION

We envision that, by God’s grace, IOCC will respond, without discrimination, to those who are suffering and in need, to enable them to continue to improve their own lives and communities and to have means to live with dignity, respect and hope.

COMMITMENT & CONTEXT

IOCC, the international humanitarian aid and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, aims to develop in Orthodox Christians a commitment to philanthropy and global cooperative involvement in the diaconal work of the Orthodox Church.

INSPIRATION

Matthew 25:35-36, 40
"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you welcomed me; I was naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me… as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."

So please visit the page of nominee The IOCC Foundation to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch their brief video talking about who they are and what they've been doing to help here in the US for the past 20+ years.

October 2022 winner The Nature Conservancy

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Charitocracy's 74th check to October winner The Nature Conservancy for $1000

We have good news about October winner The Nature Conservancy, right after this important update...

Put OBX back in its place!

In the final days of October, the top two Charitocracy OBX contenders were still duking it out. The lead flip-flopped back and forth a few times. Both "sides" kept recruiting new donors, right up until the last hours last night. One took home the award grant, and the other is extremely well placed going into November.

Why am I telling you veterans of Charitocracy USA all this? Well, not just because all of the fun and excitement was happening on the other side of the web site. You could do the same thing over here. But even more importantly, Charitocracy OBX just passed USA for total donors last night. 242 vs. USA's 241. Are you okay with that?!

You still make larger, more impactful donations, on average. (I'm not saying "more generous" because I believe firmly that those who give $1/month are often more generous in truth when considering the percentage of their discretionary income it may represent.) So your monthly contributions exceed $900, whereas OBX's are still below $600.

Here are a few fun statistics to chew on:

  • 68% of you tip an average of $5.75 vs. only 29% tipping $5.09 at OBX. So thanks for keeping the lights on for everyone!
  • 8% of you contribute an average of $47.25 to our new endowment vs 10% of OBX contributing $41.46. Off to a good start, but LOTS of opportunity!
  • 33% of you had a vote cast before midnight last night, compared to 61% of OBX. Who's clearly having more FUN?!

So please let this inspire you to invite more friends to join the magic here and rekindle the excitement we're enjoying over at Charitocracy OBX! And for those of you new to OBX who also threw some extra Washingtons in the USA pot, come bring some of your enthusiasm over here, too. Where it took 50+ votes to win the October pot at Charitocracy OBX, a mere 16 would have won Charitocracy USA!

October 2022 winner The Nature Conservancy

Last night we named Charitocracy's 74th monthly winner. Congratulations to The Nature Conservancy nominated by donor chesaustin. They create a world where people and nature can thrive, impacting conservation on 6 continents. 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 The Nature Conservancy next week. And take a moment to watch this 1-minute video about our interconnection with nature. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1000+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great November, and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause! And consider investing in our future by growing our endowment!