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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April 2019 winner National Military Family Association

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Charitocracy's 32nd check to April winner National Military Family Association for $1713

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Lifting the veil

I've been working with a team of students at NYU this semester who are providing invaluable feedback on our marketing efforts. In a nutshell, we should gear the web site and marketing efforts more toward prospective donors vs. our current donors. As a first step toward this, I've opened up more of the site so it's visible to non-donors and search engines. Namely, the list of nominees and discussion page for each are no longer hidden behind a "pay-wall." Voting of course remains exclusive to donors! ($1 per month is not too much to ask, right?!)

We held a really productive board meeting last week, and great ideas abound. Be on the lookout for more changes at Charitocracy and a new marketing promotion... Donors, get a head start by inviting friends to join us now. It'll give you a competitive advantage, and the stakes will be high!

April 2019 winner National Military Family Association

On Tuesday night we named Charitocracy's 32nd monthly winner. Congratulations to National Military Family Association. They offer support and programs for service members, their spouses, and their children. NMFA has been in the Top 3 for 6 months, and in the Top 10 for 2 years! 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 National Military Family Association next week.

Before you go, check out this video hot off the presses from NMFA. It shows one of the ways they support military families: making lives easier for military kids who have to bounce from school to school. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1713+ grant to help with their work!

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

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March 2019 winner Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Charitocracy's 31st check to March winner Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for $1800

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Welcome, Spring!

We have survived another winter, Charitocracy friends. Are you seeing the color green again in your daily life? I see growing, blooming, signs of life after dormancy. It rekindles in me a desire to nurture those around me who need some extra TLC.

If you have some extra green on hand, consider sharing it with your friends! Know someone who could use a splash of extra sunshine right now? Gift them a year of Charitocracy for $12. A simple, thoughtful gift out of the blue. No special occasion, just because!

March 2019 winner Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Last night we named Charitocracy's 31st monthly winner. Congratulations to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They fund drug development and research to treat and eventually cure the disease. Also congrats to donor jmw615 for nominating it during Charitocracy's first week in existence, and to the others near and dear to us touched by CF who helped push it toward its eventual win 31 months later! 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 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation next week. (Thanks to the generous donor who already bumped us up to an even $1800 already! You are amazing.)

Before you go, check out this touching recent video from CFF and feel good about your part in our collective $1800+ grant to help with their work!

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

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February 2019 winner Carroll’s Kitchen

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Charitocracy's 30th check to February winner Carroll's Kitchen for $1814

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Welcome, Brandi

We have a new board member for 2019: Brandi McMahan! She brings experience in web design and web apps, and already has dozens of great ideas for Charitocracy. (She's going to keep me busy in the engineering department.) Join me in welcoming Brandi!

Learn more about Brandi and our other fantastic board members on our About Us page.

February 2019 winner Carroll's Kitchen

Last night we named Charitocracy's 30th monthly winner. Congratulations to Carroll's Kitchen. They provide healthy employment to women leaving crisis. Also congrats to donor spencer for nominating it! He nominated it on New Year's Day, just days after joining Charitocracy, and managed to squeak out a win in his 2nd month as a donor, never mind 2nd month shepherding a nominee. I call it beginner's luck. But it helps that he nominated such an amazing and deserving cause... 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 Carroll's Kitchen next week.

Before you go, check out Carroll's Kitchen's latest video and feel good about your part in our collective $1814+ 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 2019 winner The You Rock Foundation

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

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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. 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 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!

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