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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December 2018 winner Malala Fund

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Charitocracy's 28th check to December winner Malala Fund for $1840

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1000 Likes

What a great way to end the year. In the last days of December our Facebook page like odometer rolled past 1000. We had 122 people share our ad, and over 150 new likes in December. It's a nice milestone to put in the rearview mirror as we enter 2019.

For our next trick, we'll try to get some of our new likers to join us as donors at Charitocracy. 5 times as many people like us as donate and participate. $12 is our new, lower, minimum annual donation which may help. But mostly it'll be a matter of getting our message out there, and to belt it out louder than the background social media noise. Your continued support sharing Charitocracy posts is greatly appreciated, amplifying our signal while reducing our costs. Thanks!

December 2018 winner Malala Fund

Last night on New Year's Eve, they dropped a ball at the stroke of midnight in Times Square to mark Charitocracy's 28th monthly winner. Congratulations to Malala Fund, and to donor SuZQ for nominating it. This is her second winning nomination after Together We Rise. Strong work, SuZQ, and can't wait to see the next one! 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 Malala Fund next week.

Malala Fund breaks down the barriers preventing more than 130 million girls around the world from going to school.

Malala is fighting to give back to girls what poverty, war and discrimination tried to take away. Donate today to help us give all girls the opportunity to learn and lead.

“I believe we will see every girl in school in my lifetime.” -Malala

Before you go, check out Malala Fund's great video message to G20 leaders ahead of their Argentina meeting, and feel good about your part in our collective $1840+ grant to help with their work!

Have a great start to your 2019 in January and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

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November 2018 winner Epilepsy Foundation

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Charitocracy's 27th check to November winner Epilepsy Foundation for $1701

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Happy Giving Season!

Since Thanksgiving we've been spreading the word about Charitocracy by offering $1 for each new page like and $5 for each share. That resulted in an extra $240 in the November pot, and hopefully will have a positive impact on the December pot as well. Keeps those shares and page like invitations going out to your connections on Facebook and elsewhere!

The best way to help grow Charitocracy's donor base and increase the size of the monthly pot is to give Charitocracy to a friend. Gifts start at the same $12 as signing up yourself. $1 or more goes into each monthly pot for a year, and your recipient can vote for the winners. You'll immediately receive a PDF (like this) with the gift redemption code. It includes a foldable gift box and cheat sheet describing how Charitocracy works. You can hand-deliver or email the PDF to the lucky recipient at the time of your choosing. And perhaps the best part is that your gift is tax-deductible!

Meanwhile, Donor Erin Burke had a great idea she shared on Facebook a month ago: if all 200+ active donors at Charitocracy were each to give Charitocracy to at least one friend or family member, we could double our numbers. Ambitious? Yes. Would it be awesome if it happened? YES. Heck, I'd be happy to boost our donor count 10%, never mind 100%! Let's get some new faces on board before the end of the year. For $12/each, you could make it rain Charitocracy love onto your entire shopping list. 💦☃️🎁🥰

November 2018 winner Epilepsy Foundation

Last night we voted in Charitocracy's 27th monthly winner. Congratulations to Epilepsy Foundation, and to donor Coppcarr for nominating it. She discovered Epilepsy Foundation while seeking resources and support after her daughter's epilepsy diagnosis. 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 Epilepsy Foundation next week.

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 more than 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.

Before you go, check out Epilepsy Foundation's great video explaining epilepsy to children, and feel good about your part in our collective $1701+ 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 2018 winner American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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

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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!

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September 2018 winner Youth Pride Inc.

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

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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!

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August 2018 winner Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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

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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!

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July 2018 winner RAICES

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

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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!

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June 2018 winner Together We Rise

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

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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!

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