Giving Tuesday: Go Team Go!

Giving Tuesday

At 3am on Giving Tuesday, I completed the new invitation system. Hours ahead of schedule! Look for the Invite link in the menu when you're logged in at Charitocracy. You simply enter a friend's email address, customize the message if you like, then click send! When your friends sign up -- which if they're as smart and kind and attractive as you they surely will --they'll automatically become branches in your Giving Tree!

Since Thanksgiving we've had days for shopping in chain stores, for shopping in local stores, and for shopping online. Today is the day to give. Here are 3 concrete ways you can do that at Charitocracy!

  1. Sign up if you haven't yet, as little as $13/year! But if you have, then consider sweetening the pot with a one-time donation of any amount, or upgrade your monthly donation.
  2. Invite 5 friends. (That number is arbitrary. Go for 10!) How big can you make your Giving Tree grow on Giving Tuesday? Customize the message a bit so your friends will feel you, not just hear you.
  3. Share this blog post! Whether you're on Facebook or Twitter or some social medium that's all the rave with the kids, get the word out about Charitocracy! It's pretty cool, right? Tell people about it!

I've been sacrificing a lot of sleep to get these latest features done: friendships, activity logs, privacy settings, and now invitations. But that's not the end of it! There's one more I hope to get done next month, and it's... bigly. More on that next time. But right now we need to focus on getting as many new Charitocracy donors signed up today, and just in time for the November pot to be awarded!

And if you receive an invitation, don't be the dude who ignores it

Charitocracy Just Got a Whole Lot Friendlier

Charitocracy: where everybody knows your name

Any day now I'll be adding an invitation system to make it super easy to invite your friends and family to join Charitocracy, and to start growing your Giving Tree. But first I had to introduce a more social aspect to the site, so after you invite people to join you'll actually see each other on there!

Today you'll find three new components to Charitocracy:

  1. Friendships: you can now make friends with other donors at Charitocracy. When you click on a user's avatar, in their profile header you'll find an "Invite Friend" button. This will send the donor a friendship request, which may be accepted or rejected. More on friendships below...
  2. Activity streams: All your activities on Charitocracy are logged to your activity stream: your donations, your votes, your likes, your nominations and discussion comments, changes to your profile, etc. are all logged for posterity. And if you have permission, you can see some or all of other donors' activity feeds.
  3. Privacy settings: All of this activity can be made as public or private as you like. And here's where your friendships come in: the default privacy setting is to show all of this activity to your friends and only your friends! But if you want to be more of an exhibitionist, you can make some or all of your activities "public" even to non-friends. Or conversely, if you want to be more anonymous, you can either set your privacy settings to "no one" or simply don't make any friendships on Charitocracy.

Different activities have different settings, so if for example you want only friends to be able to see your voting history, no one to be able to see your donation amounts, but anyone to see the rest of your activity feed (likes, nominations, profile updates, etc.) you can totally do that. But making everything visible to friends and only friends is a nice simple default.

Charitocracy isn't trying to become a replacement for other social media. This is not where you come to meet people and chat about what you had for dinner. But part of our mission is to make charitable giving more social. We believe that your friends and family seeing you donating, nominating, and voting for causes can only help encourage them to do more of that stuff, too, and vice versa. So let's go make some friends!

Yes, we all met on Charitocracy

Thanks, Giving

Charitocracy Logo

This week last year I was obsessing over the logo. I had no idea how the site was going to work. I didn't even know where to begin, what technologies to use, what trials and tribulations would lay ahead in 2016. But I knew we needed a logo. And you guys knocked it out of the park, voting for a symbol which still fills my heart each time I see it. Thanks!

And now, for the Giving... At our last board meeting, I was bringing Jessica up to speed on all of my Charitocracy development plans for the rest of the year. Giving Tuesday is on November 29, and my ambitious goal was to roll out a system incentivizing donors to invite their friends and family. Essentially, not only would you see in your Dashboard a tally of how much you directly donated*, but also how much all the people you've invited have collectively donated, including the people they've invited, etc. So while you may have given $13, you're perhaps responsible for $1300! (*Your individual donation total is kept private, but included in the aggregate sum of those "upstream" from you.)

Jessica was quick to give this donation hierarchy a clever name: your Giving Tree! And so was born Charitocracy's new pyramid scheme to motivate you to drag others into this most wonderful of charity-of-the-month clubs. Today I've rolled out the tree, which for most people is starting out extremely bare. Here's what Jessica's looks like! She wins.

Giving Tree

Coming real soon: a proper invitation system where you can email friends and family with a customizable message and a sign-up link that automatically gives you "root" status for their new Giving Tree. In the meantime, let me know if I missed any connections: if someone joined because of you, or vice versa. And happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

The Giving Tree

Voter Turnout

Stop suppressing the vote, visit

The current voter turnout at Charitocracy is 67/129, or 52%. That's worse than USA's 2016 presidential election, the worst turnout in 20 years: 55%!

How can you help fix this? Vote!

We'll select November's Top 10 list on Monday night, so now's a great time to get your vote in. At this point a single vote could easily be the difference between a cause making the Top 10 or not.

Exercise your power! We want to hear your voice.

What to vote for on Charitocracy? This one looks good: Save the Nukes!

Spotlight on Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Cystic Fibrosis Foundation nominated by donor jmw615.

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

The CF Foundation is the world's leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, and nearly every CF-specific drug available today was made possible with our financial support. We are a donor-funded, 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance program.

Visit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Girls Rock Campaign Boston

Girls Rock Campaign Boston

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Girls Rock Campaign Boston nominated by donor Mjackson132.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston empowers girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through musical education and performance.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston (GRCB) works to eradicate all the limiting myths about music and gender by helping girls speak up, sing out, and make a lot of noise!

We offer a volunteer run summer program for girls aged 8-17. During each session, girls have the opportunity to form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose an original song and perform live at a local rock venue – all in one week’s time. In addition to the band practices and instrumental lessons, GRCB also provides workshops geared towards self-esteem building and self-expression. We also offer Club GRCB, an after school program for girls in 7-12 grades, and Ladies Rock Camp Boston for women 21 and over.

We have cultivated a supportive community of peers and positive female mentors that encourage and teach girls to be their own rock heroes, allowing them to think differently about limits that may be placed upon them by our society.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a 501(c)(3) non profit, feminist organization. By making knowledge accessible and providing a safe space for girls and women, GRCB is a key element in bringing about necessary social change in our community.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is an all female, all volunteer run organization! None of this would be possible without the unbelievable talent, support, and efforts of our GRCB and LRCB volunteers! Thank You!

Visit Girls Rock Campaign Boston's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Chooda

Chooda Bike Zambia

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Chooda nominated by donor ScottS.

Chooda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a vision of personal transformation and global social change. Chooda's mission is to create transformative experiences for its participants while providing much needed resources abroad. We at Chooda believe that by advocating for social justice in the world and by contributing a part of ourselves in service to others, we evolve.


Bike Zambia is more than just a 7-day, 325+ mile cycling ride. It's an event created to harness the energy of participants who are inspired to make positive change in the world.

Participants of this life-changing experience will:

  1. Build community with other globally-minded cyclists,
  2. Learn about and participate in Zambian culture through immersive experiences, and
  3. Raise funds for essential local programs focusing on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Economic Empowerment for Women and Girls in Zambia.

Since 2012, over 110 cyclists have joined us in making Bike Zambia happen, raising over $650,000 in support of these causes.

Visit Chooda's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Green Schools National Network

Green School National Network

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Green Schools National Network nominated by donor Shagensky.

We provide evidence-based resources for
green, healthy, sustainable schools!

GSNN works with thought leaders to gather, synthesize, generate, and report evidence-based resources that include practical tools, news, and commentary for the green, healthy, and sustainable schools community.

We provide a COMMUNITY for implementation. GSNN’s members collaborate with each other and with other partners to share best practices, advance research, and develop strategies that can ensure that all children graduate as thoughtful and mindful citizens for the future.

Visit GSNN's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Feline Hope Animal Shelter

Feline Hope Animal Shelter

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Feline Hope Animal Shelter nominated by donor obxlisa.

Feline Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no kill, all volunteer organization that provides spay, neuter, and medical assistance to our community to enable owners to keep their pets. We sponsor monthly low cost spay & neuter clinics.

We are also dedicated to providing food, medical care, shelter and finding loving homes for cats and kittens when their owners can no longer keep them, they are found abandoned or as strays. We are a strong supporter of TNR Trap-Neuter-Return and have ongoing projects in Dare and Currituck counties.

Since 1997, we have taken in 3,692 cats and kittens. We have adopted out 3,515 of which 1,126 were cats and 2,389 were kittens. We have TNR’d and offered spay neuter assistance to 3,121. We have definitely seen a decline in the number of kittens since 2007 so we think that all of our efforts are helping. We really do appreciate all of your love and support. You have also shared in this effort!

Visit Feline Hope's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Heart to Heart International nominated by donor Bubba.

Heart to Heart International strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide.

We imagine a world in which every person has access to a healthy life and every community has the capacity to make that access a reality. We believe that sustained access to health sets the foundation for individual and community development. In everything we do, we work to broaden access to healthcare services and build capacity for health. It’s a lofty vision, but we take a step closer to it every day through support from people like you. Invest in our efforts to create a healthier world today.

Visit Heart to Heart International's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!