February 2020 winner Sea Change OBX

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Charitocracy's 42nd check to February winner Sea Change OBX for $1262

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This is how you Charitocracy!

In February we had the biggest influx of new donors at Charitocracy since the first few months of our existence. 38 new donors! And most of them joined thanks to the recruiting efforts of our new nominees, the lion's share coming from, you guessed it, the winning cause. In fact, other than hurricane relief winners, no cause has gone from new nominee to winner so quickly, and only Hurricane Harvey relief has attracted more votes.

So if you have a favorite cause and a squad of friends and family who you believe will support your effort, February's winner has proven it's doable. And the beauty is that if/when your cause wins, 11 other worthy causes also benefit from your Charitocracy fundraising. So without further ado...

February 2020 winner Sea Change OBX

Last night we named Charitocracy's 42nd monthly winner. Congratulations to Sea Change OBX, nominated by donor jennagwaltney. They work directly with the Outer Banks Latino community to promote education and encourage cross-cultural understanding. 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 Sea Change Partnership. ❤️ Here's how they plan to spend it:

Your donation will go towards publishing a bilingual cookbook of original OBX Latino recipes. Each recipe will include a personal narrative and a photo from the country of origin. The proceeds will sustain our ongoing programs.

Before you go, check out this video (en español) from winner Sea Change OBX, welcoming members of the community to attend their free English classes. (Expecting fewer than 30 students, they accommodated over 50!) Then feel good about your part in our collective $1262+ grant to help with their work!

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

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January 2020 winner Gifts of Hope Unlimited

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Charitocracy's 41st check to January winner Gifts of Hope Unlimited for $1088

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Newsflash

This just in: Benj retired from his day job yesterday.

It's the same as quitting, but without the connotation of ill will or dissatisfaction on either side. There's no presumption of leaving for greener pastures at another company. The fact is, I'm still in love with my former employer, the work I was doing there, and all the colleagues with whom I shared the experience. Instead retirement comes with the implied acknowledgement of one's mortality and time being of the essence. I feel that urgency every day.

This is a weird day, my first day unemployed in a long long time. Thanks for giving me the best reason to take this leap of faith: Charitocracy. Without you, it would just be a cool idea with $0 grants going out each month. Now I'll have more time to spend growing Charitocracy, giving it the closer attention it desperately needs!

January 2019 winner Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Last night we named Charitocracy's 41st monthly winner. Congratulations to Gifts of Hope Unlimited, nominated by donor Marthaek. They support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future. 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 Gifts of Hope Unlimited. ❤️

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

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December 2019 winner No Kid Hungry

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Charitocracy's 40th check to December winner No Kid Hungry for $1048

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Hindsight 2020

Looking back at 2019 from this futuristic sounding year of 2020, I see 12 thoughtfully selected, well-deserving causes receiving our group donations totaling over $18,000. I see Charitocracy crossing the $50,000 milestone in total grants to date. In the website I see incremental improvements, tearing down the "pay wall" and making social sharing easier. But I also see an endless struggle to attract more donors...

I'll write a dedicated blog post about it within the next month or so, but for now a cryptic teaser: 2020 will be a game-changer for Charitocracy. My foresight isn't quite as clear as my hindsight, so I can't promise it will end well. But status quo isn't going to cut it. So watch this space!

December 2019 winner No Kid Hungry

Last night we named Charitocracy's 40th monthly winner. Congratulations to No Kid Hungry, nominated by donor the_fIves. They work to end childhood hunger, and won't be done until every single child in America has the food they need to grow up healthy and strong. 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 No Kid Hungry. ❤️

Before you go, check out this quick year-end message from winner No Kid Hungry. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1048+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great January (2020!) and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

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November 2019 winner Americans United

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Charitocracy's 39th check to November winner Americans United for $1134

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This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! Something for me to be thankful for: last month, we crossed the $50,000 mark. Nicely done, team! I appreciate you. Big time.

I'll keep it really simple and ask you to do one thing between now and Tuesday. Convince someone, anyone, just one person, to join Charitocracy. A friend, family member, partner in business, partner in life, partner in crime, complete stranger sharing your table at a coffee shop. Your best friend, your only friend, your frenemy, your nemesis. A mentor, protégé, magician, barista. A brother, sister, half, step, in-law, twin separated at birth. A pet that inherited your great-aunt's fortune. (Don't ask me, these are your people.)

Just log in and invite them over email or social media:

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One more donor at Charitocracy means one more new voice in our nomination and election process, and more dollars to share with the next year full of monthly winning charities. Amplify your impact!

November 2019 winner Americans United

Last night we named Charitocracy's 39th monthly winner. Congratulations to Americans United for Separation of Church and State, nominated by donor jzp-charitocracy. They are an organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion. 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 Americans United. ❤️

Before you go, check out this simple holiday message from winner Americans United. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1134+ 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!

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October 2019 winner Reach Out and Read

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Charitocracy's 38th check to October winner Reach Out and Read for $1682

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Sharing is Caring

Over the past couple weeks I've made a big push to improve the experience of sharing at Charitocracy. Whether you nominate a cause, vote for a nominee, or just read about one in our blog, you can share that with your friends and family on social media. That's how we'll attract new donors and more dollars in the monthly pot, without the cost of ads. You are our advertising department!

Sharing Is Caring

Many of the building blocks, such as opening the site content to non-donors, creating share images for each nominated cause, and writing one-liner descriptions, I've slowly completed throughout 2019. But now you can click on those Facebook and Twitter share buttons, and put all my work... to work! While you're at it, go ahead and Like/Follow us if you don't already. Thanks, as always, for supporting us.

October 2019 winner Reach Out and Read

At midnight on Halloween we named Charitocracy's 38th monthly winner. Congratulations to Reach Out and Read, nominated by donor RoamX. They give young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. 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 Reach Out and Read. We've already received one giant $500 pot sweetener! ❤️

Before you go, check out this inspiring video describing Reach Out and Read's fantastic Leyendo Juntos (Reading Together) program for Spanish-speaking families. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1682+ grant to help with their work!

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

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September 2019 winner Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

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Charitocracy's 37th check to September winner Dorian Relief at American Red Cross for $1305

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Home Again

Jessica and I returned home last weekend from our epic family RV trip, ending with my brother's beautiful and so-much-fun wedding in Montana! Now we're getting back in the groove of our normal routine, inspired by the end of another month, and its well-deserving winner:

September 2019 winner Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Last night we named Charitocracy's 37th monthly winner. Congratulations to Dorian Relief @ Red Cross, nominated by donor TdotWING. The American Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort, and hope to families affected by Hurricane Dorian. You can find their Dorian web page here.

Now for a big shout-out to TdotWING. We have a handful of two-time winning nominators, and had one other three-time winner (props, Stephanie!). But this is a brand new Charitocracy record, her fourth successful nomination out of four!!

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 American Red Cross.

Before you go, check out this 1:20 video describing how the American Red Cross is helping the people of the Bahamas in addition to those affected in the U.S. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1305+ grant to help with their work!

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

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August 2019 winner National Institute for Reproductive Health

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Charitocracy's 36th check to August winner National Institute for Reproductive Health for $1335

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Roadtrip Half Over, or Roadtrip Half Left?

It just so happens that Jessica and I, halfway through our epic family RV trip, find ourselves auspiciously with a real Internet connection at a campground near Mesa Verde, Colorado. Perfect for blogging about our new winner! And today we also celebrate 3 years of Charitocracy being online, but we can save that celebration for the end of our birthday month, when we'll be back home at Charitocracy HQ with proper birthday cake baking capabilities.

August 2019 winner National Institute for Reproductive Health

Last night we named Charitocracy's 36th monthly winner. That's 3 years of winners!! Congratulations to National Institute for Reproductive Health, nominated by donor Bethany (her second winning nom)! They build power to change policy, galvanize support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. You can find their web site 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 NIRH.

Before you go, check out this 5 minute film covering how the National Institute for Reproductive Health helps promote reproductive freedom. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1335+ grant to help with their work!

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

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July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

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Charitocracy's 35th check to July winner World Central Kitchen for $1393

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Sharing is Caring

You may have noticed or read about it when we unlocked most of the site (except voting!) for non-donors and search engines to see. Now as part of this effort, social sharing of nominee pages works, too! In the "Don't Be So Antisocial" social media widget on the side or bottom of every nominee voting page you'll find icons for Facebook and Twitter which reveal share buttons to share the page. Alternatively, you can manually copy and paste the URL from your web browser. You can even drop that URL into a text message and have the spiffy share image pop up automatically. FYI, social sharing works on blog pages like this one, too.

So share your favorite causes far and wide with friends and family and strangers and arch enemies! Beg them, seduce them, guilt trip them, whatever you have to do. Just get them to join Charitocracy and maybe even vote for your favorite cause!

July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

Last night we named Charitocracy's 35th monthly winner. Congratulations to World Central Kitchen, nominated by donor Stephanie. They have expanded globally and developed into a Chef Network creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. You can find their web site 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 World Central Kitchen next week.

Before you go, check out this 7-year-old short film about World Central Kitchen in its infancy, working only in Haiti, and revel in how far they've come since then, responding to 13 disasters last year. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1393+ grant to help with their work!

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

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June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

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Charitocracy's 34th check to June winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation for $1530

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Summer Travel

I returned home at midnight last night, just as our new Charitocracy winner was being selected. It's the first dark night I've seen for weeks. I've been adventure traveling with my son near the Arctic, spanning summer solstice, where at best the sky dims a bit for a couple hours. It's strange having to once again plan my time around something as pesky as when the sun will be out!

Now I look forward to settling down and enjoying some actual summer heat before hitting the road again with Jessica and the kids for 6 weeks in August. We'll be embarking on an epic family RV trip with a focus on national parks. But my Charitocracy laptop is no stranger to the nomadic lifestyle, so you can expect things to roll on without disruption. There just may be a day or two in there when we have no access to Internet. Charitocracy pretty much runs itself these days, anyway!

June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Last night we named Charitocracy's 34th monthly winner. Congratulations to Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, nominated by donors katnadam0616. They support and shape the direction of research into the cure, prevention, and management of cerebral palsy. You can find their web site 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 CPARF next week.

Before you go, check out CPARF's video about how something as simple as a wheelchair can transform lives. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1530+ grant to help with their work!

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

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May 2019 winner ProPublica

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Charitocracy's 33rd check to May winner ProPublica for $1649

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NYU help has arrived

Summer's almost here! We're still cranking away, making steady improvements to Charitocracy. Many are the brainchild of Debbie Chu, one of our NYU collaborators who's going above and beyond her course credits to continue helping us out. She's feeding great ideas onto my todo list, and I'm trying to knock them off the list ASAP. Go team!

May 2019 winner ProPublica

Last night we named Charitocracy's 33rd monthly winner. Congratulations to ProPublica, nominated by donor zardoz. They are Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists who expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions. You can find their web site 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 ProPublica next week.

Before you go, check out this brief video about what sets ProPublica apart from other journalism. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1649+ grant to help with their work!

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

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