Go Home, 2016, You’re Drunk

Trust me, 2016, I can't possibly do worse. And you know we hid your car keys for a reason.

A lot of us would like you to be done. Enough is enough. We've been patient, but you've been downright obnoxious and hostile. You don't have to go home, 2016, but you can't stay here. Actually, please just go home.

I'm flagging you a cab, giving the driver a twenty, and sending you packing. And while I have my wallet out, I'm making one more tax-deductible contribution to Charitocracy. Maybe if enough donors chip in, we can make 2017 a little bit better for everyone.

Here are the 3 best ways I can make a year-end contribution to Charitocracy:

Donation receipts are emailed instantly in all 3 cases. Let's start off 2017 on the right foot!

2016, let me hold that while you get out

Winter Came, Give Charitocracy!

To mark the winter solstice, why not give the gift of Charitocracy?

I did it! Gifting support is turned on and seems to be working great. Please test it to make sure. 😉

Jessica and I are nearing the end of our 10th anniversary beach vacation. She's been very patient with my time on the laptop finishing Charitocracy's gifting system. It reminds me a bit of when I wrote a tech book during our honeymoon cruise... She's probably used to me by now.

I still have a PDF waiting in the wings, which I intend to attach to Charitocracy gift code emails once it's ready. It folds into a little paper gift box, since some folks want a physical "thing" they can give. All I need to do is write the code to personalize it with names and gift codes. Reply if you think you'll want one! Maybe I can finish it on the plane ride home tomorrow?

Jessica and Benj went rogue for a week and all I got was this lousy paper box

Spotlight on Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Girls on the Run nominated by donor Elinora.


We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

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

Spotlight on Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish FoundationNext in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Make-A-Wish Foundation nominated by donor IrishSwede.

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Visit Make-A-Wish Foundation's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationNext in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have American Heart Association nominated by donor rreingold.

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, our organization now includes more than 22.5 million volunteers and supporters. We fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives. Our nationwide organization includes 156 local offices and more than 3,000 employees.

What We Do: To improve the lives of all Americans, we provide public health education in a variety of ways. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. We educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

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

Spotlight on Epilepsy Foundation

Epilepsy FoundationNext in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Epilepsy Foundation nominated by donor Coppcarr.

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 nearly 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.

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

Over Promise, Under Deliver

You came through with the instruments! Think Benj will come through with gifting?

I'm writing this here so you can hold me to it. That might be the only way to ensure it gets done. I will put a gifting system in place in time for the holidays, for some definition of holidays. Maybe New Year's?

You may have noticed your new Giving Tree, the ability to make friendships, or the invitation email system, where you can easily invite friends and family to join Charitocracy. You probably haven't noticed there are now 10 donation levels to replace the previous 4:

  1. Crystal: $1/month
  2. Ruby: $2/month
  3. Bronze: $3/month
  4. Emerald: $5/month
  5. Silver: $7/month
  6. Sapphire: $10/month
  7. Gold: $20/month
  8. Diamond: $30/month
  9. Platinum: $50/month
  10. Arkenstone: $70/month

Crystal and the gemstones are shown first, so as not to intimidate newcomers with so many choices. Clicking a "more options..." link will reveal the rest. If you've been meaning to bump up your level now that you've gotten the hang of Charitocracy, say from $1/month to $2/month, feel free!

All of these recent changes have been prerequisites to the gifting system I'm working on. Charitocracy would make a great gift for your loved ones. It's the gift that keeps on giving all year! Want to get your children involved in philanthropy? This will be a great way! Looking for a last-minute gift? Well, I hope so, since that's probably when I'll be done coding it all up...

Stay tuned and cheer me on, this is going to be a lot of work! But I'm committed now. Charitocracy will make a great New Year's Day MLK Day Valentine's Day President's Day April Fools Day gift?

Have fun writing Charitocracy's gifting system! Think he'll finish in time? It would take a miracle.

Congrats to November winner: Kids In Need Foundation!

Charitocracy's 3rd check: to Kids In Need Foundation for $524

We voted in our third winner on Wednesday night!

Congratulations to Kids In Need Foundation, and to donor SeattleStrong for nominating it! Check out this NBC Nightly News segment about them, and feel good about your part in our collective $524 grant!

Now have a great December, and log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!