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Spotlight on World Central Kitchen

World Central Kitchen

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have World Central Kitchen, nominated by donor Stephanie. They're a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

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 World Central Kitchen

José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the belief that food can be an agent of change. We have expanded globally and have developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise.

  • HealthCleaner cooking with clean cook stoves and food safety/sanitation training.
  • EducationSchool kitchens to support feeding programs that encourage school attendance and provide a source of sustainable revenue for the school.
  • JobsCulinary training to elevate the hospitality workforce, increase earnings, enhance quality of life, and strengthen Haiti’s economy.
  • Social Enterprise: Food ventures that increase income, create jobs, and provide transferable vocational skills to low-income communities.

Since our inception, our work has affected communities in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.

Join us as we use the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

So visit World Central Kitchen's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this Washington Post story on WCK's relief for federal employees during the recent government shutdown:

Congrats to January Winner, The You Rock Foundation

Charitocracy's 29th check: to The You Rock Foundation for $1893

Double the Benj, Double the Fun

For the new year, I've worked out a new schedule with my day job that permits me to devote both Thursdays and Fridays to Charitocracy while I'm home. (All bets are off when I'm traveling for work!) But this should nearly double my Charitocracy productivity. Or as I like to call it, my Charictivity.

It still leaves me overwhelmed by all the things I'd like to get done in those 2 days each week. Thanks to all your poll responses over the last 2 weeks, I'm armed with a bit of guidance on some of the low-hanging fruit to pursue:

  • Make it immediately clear that we're a legit 501(c)(3) run strictly by volunteers where 100% of your donation goes to winning causes. We're not skimmers or scammers! We use optional 8.3% tips and employer matching donations to cover our minimal costs.
  • Amplify the positive theme that resonated the most with our donors: that while they can only afford relatively small monthly donations, they love the group-giving aspect that super-sizes their donation into a bigger, more meaningful one.
  • Don't spend more on ads. Instead, we should seek media attention to grow. If you have any leads as to where/how we should pitch a story about Charitocracy, please do get in touch!

January 2019 winner: The You Rock Foundation

Last night we named Charitocracy's 29th monthly winner. Congratulations to The You Rock Foundation, and to donor misadowling for nominating it! At You Rock, rock musicians share their stories to spread awareness and help battle stigmas attached to mental illness.

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 You Rock next week.

Before you go, check out The You Rock Foundation's latest video featuring Brandon Mendenhall, star of the award-winning documentary, Mind Over Matter, and feel good about your part in our collective $1893+ grant to help with their work!

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

Spotlight on First Candle

First Candle Safe Sleep Guidelines

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have First Candle, nominated by donor Jbarefoot. They work to prevent SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, and support grieving families. First Candle provided grief support to Jbarefoot and her husband after tragically losing their healthy one-month-old daughter to SIDS.

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 First Candle

Our Mission

First Candle is committed to the elimination of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths through education and research, while providing support for grieving families who have suffered a loss.

Who We Are and What We Do

First Candle is dedicated to reducing the rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and preventable Stillbirths by educating caregivers and families, and supporting research. We are also committed to offering bereavement support for grieving families.

This has been our role for more than 35 years. In 1994 we partnered with the National Institutes of Health on the Back to Sleep campaign, which led to a reduction in the rate of SIDS by more than 50%.

Despite this, SIDS remains the leading cause of death for babies one month to one year of age. Due to SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, including accidental suffocation, more than 300 babies every month may not live to see their first birthday. Infant mortality rates in the U.S are also higher than in the 20 wealthiest nations.

Our objective is clear: saving babies and supporting families. Working with local organizations throughout the country we are educating new and expectant parents on the importance of providing a safe sleep environment for their baby. And for those families who have tragically lost a baby we are here to offer bereavement support and counsel.

We are a national member in good standing of Community Health Charities, have a Gold ranking on Guide Star, and a 3-star ranking on Charity Navigator. We are proud to maintain administrative costs well below the nonprofit industry standard of 25 percent.

So visit First Candle's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch their important video covering safe sleep guidelines for infants:

Spotlight on Carroll’s Kitchen

Carroll's Kitchen

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Carroll's Kitchen, nominated by donor spencer. They provide healthy employment to women leaving crisis.

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 Carroll's Kitchen

Carroll’s Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise restaurant group providing healthy employment for women leaving crisis at two locations in Downtown Raleigh, NC. We offer contemporary Southern grab and go food to Downtown Raleigh and have been since our opening in 2016, more recently expanding to a second restaurant and now offering catering. We exist to stand in the gap for women seeking employment while recovering from traumas like homelessness, incarceration, addiction, domestic violence, etc.

Get Involved

When you give to Carroll’s Kitchen, you create an opportunity for us to connect a woman to a supportive and nurturing community of people dedicated to her wellbeing. You create an opportunity for us to provide job training and employment at our restaurant. You create an opportunity for a woman to move into safe and dignified housing — for her to leave crisis for good.

So visit Carroll's Kitchen's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this video explaining Carroll's Kitchen's mission:

Congrats to December Winner, Malala Fund

Charitocracy's 28th check: to Malala Fund for $1840

1000 Likes

What a great way to end the year. In the last days of December our Facebook page like odometer rolled past 1000. We had 122 people share our ad, and over 150 new likes in December. It's a nice milestone to put in the rearview mirror as we enter 2019.

For our next trick, we'll try to get some of our new likers to join us as donors at Charitocracy. 5 times as many people like us as donate and participate. $12 is our new, lower, minimum annual donation which may help. But mostly it'll be a matter of getting our message out there, and to belt it out louder than the background social media noise. Your continued support sharing Charitocracy posts is greatly appreciated, amplifying our signal while reducing our costs. Thanks!

December 2018 winner: Malala Fund

Last night on New Year's Eve, they dropped a ball at the stroke of midnight in Times Square to mark Charitocracy's 28th monthly winner. Congratulations to Malala Fund, and to donor SuZQ for nominating it. This is her second winning nomination after Together We Rise. Strong work, SuZQ, and can't wait to see the next one!

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 Malala Fund next week.

Malala Fund breaks down the barriers preventing more than 130 million girls around the world from going to school.

Malala is fighting to give back to girls what poverty, war and discrimination tried to take away. Donate today to help us give all girls the opportunity to learn and lead.

“I believe we will see every girl in school in my lifetime.” -Malala

Before you go, check out Malala Fund's great video message to G20 leaders ahead of their Argentina meeting, and feel good about your part in our collective $1840+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great start to your 2019 in January and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

Spotlight on InspireLit

InspireLit: Inspire the Joy of Literacy

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have InspireLit, nominated by donor amrizzo01. They inspire the joy of literacy in children.

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 InspireLit

InspireLit is an Alexandria, VA nonprofit started in 2016. Co-founders, Jen Kenealy and Erica Jones, are moms and teachers who share a love of books and children. We created InspireLit to ensure that all children experience the joy of literacy. By building bridges between resources and needs, we strive to ensure that children across Alexandria have access to inspiring resources. Our hope is that our model will be replicated throughout other communities.

How we build bridges between resources and needs to inspire and support kids

  • Book Access: Make high quality books available to all children and provide opportunities for book choice.
  • Book Connectors: Connect leaders with kids to find just right books that match their interests and reading level.
  • Read Alouds: Encourage read alouds at home, school and in the community by providing resources for families, teachers and community members.

    So visit InspireLit's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

    Congrats to November Winner, Epilepsy Foundation

    Charitocracy's 27th check: to Epilepsy Foundation for $1701

    Happy Giving Season!

    Since Thanksgiving we've been spreading the word about Charitocracy by offering $1 for each new page like and $5 for each share. That resulted in an extra $240 in the November pot, and hopefully will have a positive impact on the December pot as well. Keeps those shares and page like invitations going out to your connections on Facebook and elsewhere!

    The best way to help grow Charitocracy's donor base and increase the size of the monthly pot is to give Charitocracy to a friend. Gifts start at the same $12 as signing up yourself. $1 or more goes into each monthly pot for a year, and your recipient can vote for the winners. You'll immediately receive a PDF (like this) with the gift redemption code. It includes a foldable gift box and cheat sheet describing how Charitocracy works. You can hand-deliver or email the PDF to the lucky recipient at the time of your choosing. And perhaps the best part is that your gift is tax-deductible!

    Meanwhile, Donor Erin Burke had a great idea she shared on Facebook a month ago: if all 200+ active donors at Charitocracy were each to give Charitocracy to at least one friend or family member, we could double our numbers. Ambitious? Yes. Would it be awesome if it happened? YES. Heck, I'd be happy to boost our donor count 10%, never mind 100%! Let's get some new faces on board before the end of the year. For $12/each, you could make it rain Charitocracy love onto your entire shopping list. 💦☃️🎁🥰

    November 2018 winner: Epilepsy Foundation

    Last night we voted in Charitocracy's 27th monthly winner. Congratulations to Epilepsy Foundation, and to donor Coppcarr for nominating it. She discovered Epilepsy Foundation while seeking resources and support after her daughter's epilepsy diagnosis.

    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 Epilepsy Foundation next week.

    The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is:

    To lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

    The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with more than 50 local organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services; public education; federal and local advocacy; and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.

    Before you go, check out Epilepsy Foundation's great video explaining epilepsy to children, and feel good about your part in our collective $1701+ grant to help with their work!

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

    Spotlight on HIAS

    HIAS: Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.

    Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have HIAS, nominated by donor r.a.y.. They protect, advocate for, and help resettle refugees in the U.S. and beyond.

    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 HIAS

    Vision

    HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.

    Mission

    HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are.

    • We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom.
    • We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.

    Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.

    So visit HIAS's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this video of a recent HIAS-led trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to bear witness to the crisis affecting families and other asylum seekers:

    Congrats to October winner, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    Charitocracy's 26th check: to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for $1366

    Happy Halloween, and now bring on [Thanks]Giving Season!

    Together we added $44 more dollars worth of likes to the October pot. Also we added $31/month for the next 12 months thanks to 6 new double-matched donations and matched donation upgrades! Strong work, crew.

    So keep those likes and sign ups coming, and we'll keep the matching funds flowing! Next stop: 900 likes? Please go spam your friends now.

    Finally, one last heads up before we announce October's winner: Giving Season is fast approaching, so start thinking about giving Charitocracy as a gift to friends and family. More on this later in the month, but feel free to get a head-start! Maybe we should make Thanksgiving gifts a thing?! Anyway, you get an email instantly after you purchase. Then you can forward the email or hand-deliver your Charitocracy gift when the time is perfect. So there's never a bad time to start your holiday shopping at Charitocracy.

    October 2018 winner: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

    At the stroke of Halloween midnight, we voted in Charitocracy's 26th monthly winner. Congratulations to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and to donor Stephanie for nominating it. She lost a close family member to suicide this summer, and our love and sympathy continue to be with Stephanie and her whole family. ❤️

    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 AFSP next week. It's in support of Stephanie's AFSP Lost Satellite Team for the Out of the Darkness Walk. They walked on October 27 in honor of her brother-in-law, Robert Todd.

    Mission: Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

    Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

    AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:

    • Funding scientific research
    • Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
    • Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
    • Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

    Check out AFSP's video about fighting suicide, and feel good about your part in our collective $1366+ grant to help with their work!

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

    It’s scary how much we’ve raised for charity!

    Money Kills by WhiteEyedFrog

    Including the check we wrote this month for September's winner, Youth Pride Inc., we've awarded over $30,000 in grants to our monthly winners at Charitocracy. And we have over $10,000 more raised already for the next 12 monthly winners.

    While we still need to crack the code on how to grow this thing into the future, it's nice to look back at how far we've come. I've included an October 31 snapshot of our Winners page. You can see it for yourself here.

    Winning Cause Month Pot Votes Voters Nominator
    Youth Pride Inc. 2018-09 $1753 18.7 20 melissa745
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 2018-08 $1391 26.5 27 amrizzo01
    RAICES 2018-07 $1375 26.83 28 TdotWING
    Together We Rise 2018-06 $1237 25 27 SuZQ
    Sky's the Limit Fund 2018-05 $1114 34.67 38 obxlisa
    Outer Banks SPCA 2018-04 $1103 27.34 29 bjstager
    National Public Radio 2018-03 $1073 30 31 Maurice
    Innocence Project 2018-02 $1072 26 27 cperg814
    mikeroweWORKS Foundation 2018-01 $1478 31 33 emily0153
    International Justice Mission 2017-12 $1520 27 28 Alistair and Rebecca
    ALS Guardian Angels 2017-11 $1540 30 30 Maggie
    UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund @ HF 2017-10 $1465 35.5 37 TdotWING
    Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at GHCF 2017-09 $2571 48.39 51 brun064
    Special Olympics 2017-08 $1281 30.34 32 obxsunny
    American Civil Liberties Union 2017-07 $1241 24.75 27 TdotWING
    Planned Parenthood 2017-06 $1225 28.24 30 Bethany
    It Gets Better Project 2017-05 $1222 30.4 32 Stephanie
    Comfort Cases 2017-04 $1242 29.5 31 OBXHubands
    Children's Hospital Medical Center 2017-03 $1218 29.34 33 Maurice
    Southern Poverty Law Center 2017-02 $1171 38.83 41 damianf
    Feline Hope Animal Shelter 2017-01 $752 34.75 36 obxlisa
    Girls on the Run 2016-12 $731 28 29 Elinora
    Kids in Need Foundation 2016-11 $524 23 26 SeattleStrong
    Fisher House Foundation 2016-10 $539 28.5 32 Sue Wilkerson
    The NEA Foundation 2016-09 $500 26.29 31 sherylwthorp
    Total Distributed $30,338

     
    Happy Halloween! And don't forget to get those votes in before midnight!!

    Occupy Sydney, Day 5, "THE NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY IS LOVE" by Newtown grafitti

    Money Kills by WhiteEyedFrog (at the top of post) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

    Occupy Sydney, Day 5, "THE NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY IS LOVE" by Newtown grafitti is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.