October 2018 winner American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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

We have good news about October winner American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, right after this quick update...

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. ❤️ 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 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!

September 2018 winner Youth Pride Inc.

Charitocracy's 25th check to September winner Youth Pride Inc. for $1753

We have good news about September winner Youth Pride Inc., right after this quick update...

Awesome birthday month, Charitocracy!

We attracted over 200 new social media followers in September. That channeled $414 extra into September's pot! We also had 6 new and upgraded annual donations. Those spread an additional $408 across the next year's worth of pots! (That's $34 per monthly pot!) 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.

September 2018 winner Youth Pride Inc.

Last night we voted in Charitocracy's 25th monthly winner. Congratulations to Youth Pride Inc., and to donor melissa745 for nominating it! YPI offers a safe space for LGBTQQ young people. You can find their web site here.

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 YPI next week.

YPI started as a support group of the YWCA of Greater Rhode Island in December of 1992. In the middle of a snowstorm, four youth and an adult facilitator held their first meeting at Brown University’s Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. They shared their experiences, built community and named themselves, “The Way Out.” This small weekly group grew quickly soon overtaking the Women Center’s living room, with dozens of young people sitting on laps, tables and every part of the floor. In order to meet the needs of this rapidly growing group, “The Way Out” became Youth Pride, Inc, (YPI) and received its own tax-exempt status as a not-for-profit organization in 1994.

Our Mission

Youth Pride, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression while working to end the homophobic and transphobic environments in which they live, work and play.

Our Statement of Values

  • LEADERSHIP: YPI is committed to creating the leaders of today. Youth voices drive our process, and we seek to develop the leadership skills necessary both within the organization and outside.
  • AFFIRMATION: YPI believes all youth must be affirmed for who they are and how they express themselves. We are committed to making that a reality in all of the environments in which young people live.
  • COMMUNITY: YPI believes building strong connections is essential to youth success and empowerment. We strive to create a caring, respectful and diverse community of young people and adults.

Check out this video from YPI, and feel good about your part in our collective $1753+ grant to help with their work!

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

August 2018 winner Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Charitocracy's 24th check to August winner Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for $1391

We have good news about August winner Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, right after this quick update...

Happy 2nd birthday, Charitocracy!

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Charitocracy going online. Thanks to everyone who's been with us since Day 0. Also a warm welcome and thank you, even a big hug if you're into that, to everyone who's joined us along the way. And if you've yet to sign up, there is absolutely no better day than today. Life is short, and $13 goes a long way!

A great way to help celebrate would be to invite your friends to like our various social media pages. We've been stuck in the mid-500s with our Facebook followers for a while, so here's a birthday wish: get all your Facebook friends to follow us, too. Instructions are here. Maybe some of them will like what they see and get on board? If you're more into Instagram or Twitter, some reposts or retweets couldn't hurt!

August 2018 winner Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Last night we voted in Charitocracy's 24th monthly winner. Congratulations to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! They're investing billions in curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, and myeloma. Also congrats to donor amrizzo01, who nominated LLS back in May in honor of friends affected by blood cancers. You can find their web site here.

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 LLS next week.

Cancer is a heck of an opponent.

It's a bully. But we aren't afraid of a fight.
It's elusive. But our focus never fades.
It's deadly. But we are known cancer killers.

Since 1949, we've pioneered groundbreaking research that leads us to believe we will find the cures for cancer in our blood.

We were born to defeat this opponent.
We are The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Beating cancer is in our blood.

Check out this video from LLS, and feel good about your part in our collective $1391+ grant to help with their work!

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

July 2018 winner RAICES

Charitocracy's 23rd check to July winner RAICES for $1375

We have good news about July winner RAICES, right after this quick update...

First, a general update

We're back above 200 donors. Our monthly pot is over $1300. We just received a really generous double-employer-matched donation earmarked to attract new donors. So all is well! But we have our work cut out for us coming up with a marketing message that'll translate into more donor sign-ups. If you have ideas, give us a yell!

As always, you can help us grow organically (i.e. for free!) by joining yourself or convincing someone you love. It would be great to get our August prize closer to $1500, and to chart new territory with our donor count!

July 2018 winner RAICES

A couple days ago we voted in Charitocracy's 23rd monthly winner. Congratulations to RAICES! They've been working especially hard lately to reunite immigrant children with their families at our borders. You can find their web site here. Also big congrats to donor TdotWING, who nominated RAICES just last month. She's the first member of Charitocracy's 3-timer club!

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 RAICES next week.

RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas.

Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world.

As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state.

In 2017, RAICES staff closed 51,000 cases at no cost to the client. Our advocacy and commitment to change are driven by the clients and families we serve every day as our attorneys and legal assistants provide legal advocacy and representation in an immigration system that breaks apart families and leaves millions without pathways to legal status.

Check out this thank you video from RAICES, and feel good about your part in our collective $1375+ grant to help with their work!

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

June 2018 winner Together We Rise

Charitocracy's 22nd check to June winner Together We Rise for $1237

We have good news about June winner Together We Rise, right after this quick update...

First, where in the world is Benj?!

Hopefully you noticed the “Back Soon!” message posted across Charitocracy’s social media. I’m not due to return from Brazil until the 15th. But I don’t want to put the 3 newly nominated causes (yay!) at any disadvantage. I’ll try everything to blog about them prior to July’s Top 10 selection. So I’ve climbed to the top of an observation tower, rising up above the rainforest canopy. Here I’ve found a somewhat reliable cell signal emanating from nearby village Novo Airão on the Rio Negro tributary to the Amazon river. This should work!

No usual Charitocracy check image yet, since that requires my MacBook back home. But hopefully the rainforest/river placeholder will suffice in the meantime! It might sound cliché. But this vacation has been a great opportunity for me to reflect on what truly matters. [Amazon photo now pushed down here since I've replaced it with the intended check image!]

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June 2018 winner Together We Rise

10 days ago we voted in Charitocracy's 22nd monthly winner. Congratulations to Together We Rise! You can find their web site here. Also congrats to donor SuZQ, whose personal testimony helped this cause rise quickly to #1.

Every day, 1200 kids enter foster care in the United States. We are a non-profit that changes the way they experience the system.

Together We Rise is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of foster children in America, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.

TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring our programs to foster youth across the nation. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and suitcases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.

Check out this video about Together We Rise, and feel good about your part in our collective $1237 grant to help with their work!

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

May 2018 winner Sky’s the Limit Fund

Charitocracy's 21st check to May winner Sky's the Limit Fund for $1114

We have good news about May winner Sky's the Limit Fund, right after this quick update...

First, a general update

The Charitocracy board has been talking a lot about catalyzing growth. We've experimented with advertising, hopefully converging on something that works. If this is your wheelhouse, we welcome your advice! We have corporate matching funds we intend to use to grow our donor base. But the learning curve is... significant.

As always, you can help us grow organically (i.e. for free!) by joining yourself or convincing someone you love. It would be great to get our June prize closer to $1200, and our active donors above 200!

May 2018 winner Sky's the Limit Fund

Thursday night we voted in Charitocracy's 21st monthly winner. Congratulations to Sky's the Limit Fund! You can find their web site here. Also congrats to donor obxlisa, whose family has been personally touched by this charity, for nominating it! This is obxlisa's 2nd winning nomination! I would welcome her to the two-timers club, but that sounds weird. So instead I'll encourage her to become founding member of the three-timers club!

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 STLF next week.

Mission

The mission of Sky’s the Limit Fund (STLF) is to transform the lives of youth in crisis by providing grants, support, and hope through wilderness therapy programs and beyond.

Vision

Our vision is for youth to achieve their full potential as healthy and valued members of society.

Why Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy programs use the wilderness as a tool to quickly and effectively impact students at risk. Experiential in nature, emotional growth wilderness programs provide struggling youth an opportunity to challenge themselves physically and emotionally while exploring the unhealthy behaviors that have prevented them from making progress in their lives. The wilderness program environment provides a supportive, non-judgmental arena in which students can process their limiting beliefs and core issues, and begin to view themselves and their abilities from a different perspective. The challenges inherent in a wilderness setting provide daily success experiences which serve to challenge old, negative beliefs and lead to new, more positive self-perceptions.

Check out this video about Sky's the Limit Fund, and feel good about your part in our collective $1114+ grant to help with their work!

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

April 2018 winner Outer Banks SPCA

Charitocracy's 20th check to April winner Outer Banks SPCA for $1103

We have good news about April winner Outer Banks SPCA, right after this quick update...

First, a general update

It's been smooth sailing this past month. Tons of paperwork completed for our nationwide registration. The pot size was up in April, even if just a bit, to cross $1100. You nominated some fantastic causes, the newest of which I'll be blogging about soon. And we're even on Instagram now!

Two things you can do today to help us at Charitocracy:

  1. Grow our donor base and monthly pot: sign yourself up or convince someone you love (or kinda like).
  2. Liven up the party: check out the activity on Charitocracy and make it less anonymous.

We'd love to get our May prize closer to $1200, and our active donors above 200!

April 2018 winner Outer Banks SPCA

Monday night we voted in Charitocracy's 20th monthly winner. Congratulations to Outer Banks SPCA and to donor bjstager for nominating it! 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 OBX SPCA next week. You can find their web site here.

Who we are and what we do....

The Outer Banks SPCA is an open-admission animal shelter dedicated to caring for all the lost and homeless animals of Dare County. As such, we take in approximately 2,000 dogs and cats each year. We never turn away a Dare County fur resident, whether they be sick, injured, aggressive or behavior challenged. We receive owner give ups, lost, stolen or stray, but we never turn away.

Outer Banks SPCA believes it is not the animal's fault for being at the shelter. We want every healthy, treatable and manageable animal to get a second chance at love. We're dedicated and determined to saving every life we can through responsible animal care practices. We strive to maintain good health and a sound temperament in all our animals. We practice humane education and employ proactive adoption programs to decrease our animals length of stay and optimize space.

Check out this video about Outer Banks SPCA's new sidekick program, pairing experienced volunteers with hard to place dogs, and feel good about your part in our collective $1103+ grant to help with their work!

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

March 2018 winner NPR

Charitocracy's 19th check to March winner NPR for $1073

We have good news about March winner NPR, right after this quick update...

Update on the monthly pot size

The March pot was up from February's. One dollar. $1072 to $1073. It's moving in the right direction, and a perfect reminder that every dollar counts. "It's all about the Washingtons, baby."

I sound like a TV commercial for Save The Children or Save The Animals or something. "For less than the price of a cup of coffee..." But that's really what we're talking about: a small but regular contribution that pales in comparison to most coffee budgets, yet delivers way more. And there's also the network effect. The more donors, the bigger the pot, the more fun it is for all of us, and the bigger impact we have. (Scary thought: if you all donated coffee instead. Zzingg!)

See this blog post for ways you can help. Bottom line: convince a friend to join us!

March 2018 winner: NPR

Last night night we voted in our 7th cause of Charitocracy's 2nd year. Congratulations to NPR and to donor Maurice for nominating it! You have 1 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 NPR next week. You can find their web site here.

The NPR Mission

The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

To accomplish our mission, we produce, acquire, and distribute programming that meets the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression; we represent our members in matters of their mutual interest; and we provide satellite interconnection for the entire public radio system.

Check out this NPR Tiny Desk Concert, and feel good about your part in our collective $1073+ grant to help with their work!

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

February 2018 winner Innocence Project

Charitocracy's 18th check to February winner Innocence Project for $1072

We have good news about February winner Innocence Project, right after this quick update...

Re-grow the monthly pot!

If you noticed the pot get smaller recently, you're not imagining things. This is for two reasons:

  1. Quite a number of holiday gifts of Charitocracy were given at the end of 2016 that boosted the pot significantly throughout 2017.
  2. Some large donations and corporate matches made outside of charitocracy.org were used to boost the pot early in 2017, whereas this year we'll instead use similar large donations to grow the pot by attracting new donors, which works toward our mission and will hopefully grow the pot more sustainably.

See the previous blog post for ways you can help. Bottom line: convince a friend to join us!

February 2018 winner Innocence Project

Wednesday night we voted in our 6th cause of Charitocracy's 2nd year. Congratulations to Innocence Project and to donor cperg814 for nominating it! You have 4 more days 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 Innocence Project next week. You can find their web site here.

Check out this video about Innocence Project, and feel good about your part in our collective $1072+ grant to help with their work!

The Innocence Project's mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated, and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment.

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

January 2018 winner mikeroweWORKS Foundation!

Charitocracy's 17th check to January winner mikeroweWORKS Foundation for $1446

We have good news about January winner mikeroweWORKS Foundation, right after this quick update...

Activity!

Have you been to Charitocracy recently to vote? Maybe you noticed the new activity log at the bottom of the dashboard. It'll give a sense of what everyone's doing on the site. Which causes are earning their votes? How much are they donating? Who's nominating new causes or commenting on them?

By default only friends can see your activity details. And you start out with no friends. So your activity is anonymous, except your cause nominations and comments. But it would be great to put names and faces with the activity! I'll write a blog post soon to explain why you might want to share your activity more widely, and how to do that. It involves your privacy settings under My Account > Privacy if you want a head start. 😉

January 2018 winner mikeroweWORKS Foundation

Last night we voted in our 5th cause of Charitocracy's 2nd year. Congratulations to mikeroweWORKS Foundation and to donor emily0153 for nominating it! You have the coming 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 mikeroweWORKS Foundation next week. You can find their web site here.

Check out this video about the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, and feel good about your part in our collective $1446+ grant to help with their work!

Through its scholarship programs, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals who desire to learn a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in encouraging trade school education across the country.

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