Spotlight on Clean Air Task Force

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nominee Clean Air Task Force

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Clean Air Task Force, nominated by donor Bethany. CATF push the change in technologies and policies needed to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. You can find their web site here.

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About nominee Clean Air Task Force

Catalyzing realistic solutions for climate change.

Our task is to reduce climate change by applying an overwhelming amount of force to some of the biggest levers to reduce carbon and other climate warming emissions.

Through technology innovation, policy change, and thought leadership, the Clean Air Task Force drives impact to prevent catastrophic climate change through realistic solutions.

CATF is a group of climate and energy experts with decades of collective knowledge and experience.

We are scientists, engineers, MBAs, policy experts, lawyers and communications professionals who achieve impact through technology innovation, policy advocacy, and thought leadership.

So visit the page of nominee Clean Air Task Force to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this 2 minute video describing CATF's approach to the challenges of climate change:

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Spotlight on Maddie Potts Foundation

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nominee Maddie Potts Foundation

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Maddie Potts Foundation, nominated by donor Wildtreemichelle. Maddie Potts Foundation honor Maddie by giving back with scholarships, sports facility upgrades and opportunities for individuals ​with disabilities. You can find their web site here.

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Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Maddie Potts Foundation

The Maddie Potts Foundation was established in November of 2017, less than 2 months after Maddie's sudden death on the soccer field of an unknown brain aneurysm. This 501(c)(3) foundation was founded in order to carry on Maddie's legacy of kindness, compassion, hard work, inclusive leadership and perseverance, aka Maddie Mentality. We look forward to giving back to the community each year with scholarships, facility upgrades and opportunities for individuals ​with disabilities. #WWMD

The Maddie Potts Foundation was started in order to carry on the legacy and memory of a healthy, young, female athlete, taken acutely from this world at the age of 17. Maddie exemplified all attributes that a student athlete should possess. She always led by example, and dedicated her free time to helping her teammates, fellow art students and all others around her to be the very best they could be. She stood up for and reached out to new students/teammates that were not as likely to be able to stand up for themselves. She was often referred to as “my very first friend at Chariho,” or at her Speed and Agility Training group, Higher Level, LLC. Her humility spoke for itself as she always tried to keep the spotlight off of her and instead directed it to her team, coaches or friends. Her year round work ethic as a 3 sport athlete, honor student and member of VAASA ( Varsity Athletes Above Substance Abuse) is unsurpassed by any her age. To quote her athletic director, “She just had a way with the kids on her team. They idolized her. They looked at her like she was a superhero - like she was Wonder Woman. Any time we went into any game, no matter who the other team had, our girls would be like ‘Well, we have Maddie Potts.’”

Maddie was also very active in the Kidsgrow Community Garden that was started and run by her father. They have donated over 20,000 pounds of produce to local food banks and homeless shelters over the past 17 years. She worked with her mom in fundraising for cancer awareness and treatments, and was also very interested in opening a dog rescue, one of the many things she was taken from and too young to accomplish.

All donations will go directly into the foundation to give back to athletics, art and other areas near and dear to Maddie’s heart, with scholarships and annual awards. Her family is hoping that one day they will raise enough funding to build “The Maddie Potts Fieldhouse and Indoor Practice Facility.” Maddie lived by the focus and importance of team building and practice every bit as much as game day. The Foundation will also continue to emphasize the importance of “paying it forward”, anonymously, strictly as it is the right thing to do to help others. Again, Maddie was never about her own recognition, only about making others around her better.

So visit the page of nominee Maddie Potts Foundation to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And get a feel for who Maddie was from her teammates and coaches in this touching and inspirational video:

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Spotlight on nominee Sea Change OBX

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nominee Sea Change OBX

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Sea Change OBX, nominated by donor jennagwaltney. Sea Change OBX work directly with the Outer Banks Latino community to promote education and encourage cross-cultural understanding. You can find their web site here.

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Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Sea Change OBX

The Wave of Partnership

Sea Change OBX works directly with the Outer Banks Latino community to promote education and encourage cross cultural understanding.

Our current priorities are to:

  • Teach multi-level adult ESL classes
  • Communicate through personal YouTube videos
  • Create a bilingual cookbook of original Latino recipes

Our mission is to:

  • Contribute to partnerships with civic and nonprofit organizations within our community
  • Create family awareness of the importance of education and social engagement
  • Nurture resilience in our families by identifying and building on existing strengths
  • Share strategies for teaching English Learners with teachers, tutors, and volunteers
  • Organize special cultural events to foster cross cultural interaction
  • Provide additional learning opportunities for the entire family

So visit the page of nominee Sea Change OBX to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And spend a few minutes watching their introductory video, where a sibling team of community members interview their leaders about the origins of Sea Change OBX. (Love the flashlight microphone!)

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Spotlight on nominee Let Them Play

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nominee Let Them Play

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Let Them Play, nominated by donor Elinora. Let Them Play grant funds for equipment, scholarships, even bus passes for transportation, to local and national organizations that empower play. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Let Them Play

97% of public schools do not have everyday PE.

Many of these schools, particularly in urban environments, don’t host outdoor recess. 67% of children don’t participate in after school sports, many for a lack of resources.

Only one in three children is physically active everyday.

This had to change. Calling on their network of professionals, mentors and friends, and standing on the shoulders of giants, the Byrnes family created the Let Them Play Foundation.

In their inaugural year, they distributed over 30 grants ranging in value from $500 to $5,000, to local and national organizations that empower play: Baseball, Running, Cross-Fit, Squash, Dance, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer and more... Groups like Girls on the Run, PACE (Police Athletic and Community Engagement) in Omaha, Playworks nationwide, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Philly Stars... all offering not only sport, but a place to belong and grow, to empower and strengthen.

The majority of the grants were hand delivered by the Byrnes family as they roadtripped across the country. Because they felt it was important to “show, not just tell,” Eric swam from San Francisco to Oakland, biked from Oakland to Chicago, and ran from Chicago to New York City. They hosted 15 events over the 57-day period at different minor and major league ballparks, culminating at the steps of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, escorted by NYPD and greeted by hundreds of kids and coaches from New York City and beyond.

So visit the page of nominee Let Them Play to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this 4 minute trailer for the Let Them Play documentary about Eric's amazing cross-country triathalon to deliver funds and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for our youth:

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Spotlight on nominee Tahirih Justice Center

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nominee Tahirih Justice Center

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Tahirih Justice Center, nominated by donor Honus. Tahirih Justice Center protect courageous immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing pro bono legal and social services. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Tahirih Justice Center

Direct Services

We provide free immigration, family, and civil legal services, as well as a connection to vital social services, so our clients can rebuild their lives in safety.

Policy Advocacy

We engage in national and local policy advocacy, elevating our clients’ voices and transforming laws and policies to foster lasting social change.

Training & Education

We educate thousands of professionals every year to create a community better able to respond to the unique needs of immigrant women and girls.

So visit the page of nominee Tahirih Justice Center to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And please take 5 minutes to watch this moving video about their important work:

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Spotlight on nominee APOPO

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nominee APOPO

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee APOPO, nominated by donor Stephanie. APOPO train rats to save lives, addressing global issues like landmines and tuberculosis through R&D and deployment of scent detection technology. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee APOPO

For 20 years APOPO’s scent detection rats have been detecting landmines and tuberculosis. Learn more about our work and how you can help.

The Problem

Over 60 countries are contaminated with hidden landmines and other explosive remnants of war, that cause tragic accidents and hamper communities from developing their productive land.

Meanwhile, slow and inaccurate detection methods make tuberculosis the world’s most deadly infectious disease. 10 million new people contract TB every year, 3 million go undiagnosed, and 1.8 million die from the disease.

The Solution

The APOPO scent detection rats, nicknamed 'HeroRATs', help to rid the world of landmines and tuberculosis, returning safe land back to communities for development, and freeing people from serious illness so they can get back on their feet.

So visit the page of nominee APOPO to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this short video explaining the timeliness of this nomination, now that it's 2020, the Year of the (Hero)Rat!

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Spotlight on Hurricane Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

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Nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross, nominated by donor TdotWING. The American Red Cross, among many other things, help people affected by Hurricane Dorian by preparing for, responding to, and helping people recover from this disaster. You can find their web site here.

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Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

Hurricane Dorian carved a path of devastation in the Bahamas, leaving behind catastrophic damage and affecting an estimated 76,000 people and more than 13,000 homes.

As the storm continues to move along the U.S. coast, pummeling communities with high storm surge, rain, and tornado threats, the American Red Cross is there to provide food, shelter, comfort, and hope.

Hurricane Dorian Response

More than 2,500 Red Cross disaster responders from across the country have worked with kindness and compassion to support people in threatened communities across Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. In preparation for this powerful storm, 110 emergency response vehicles and 104 tractor-trailer loads full of relief supplies, including cots, blankets, and 63,000 ready-to-eat meals, were mobilized near evacuation centers and at-risk communities.

Your gift helps us support hard-hit communities in many ways

  • Pre-position supplies for faster response
  • Open evacuation shelters to keep people safe during the storm
  • Provide shelter and food until families can return home
  • Distribute water, food and relief supplies in impacted neighborhoods
  • Help those who need first aid or medical care
  • Give hope, help, and comfort
  • Provide clean up supplies
  • Assess damage in impacted neighborhoods
  • Create recovery plans to get families back on their feet

So visit the page of nominee Dorian Relief @ Red Cross on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

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Spotlight on nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

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Nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee 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 site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

Who We Are

We support and assist individuals affected by relationship violence gain access to resources for a safe and empowered future.

What We Do

Gifts of Hope collaborates with the Sudbury town social worker and Voices against Violence, who identify families in need of financial help and are struggling with meeting their most basic needs.

How To Help

Please consider donating the following items:

Household Goods (Dishes, Glasses, Pots, Pans, Silverware), Small Kitchen Appliances, New Bed Linens, New Bath & Hand Towels, Washcloths, Furniture, Feminine Hygiene Products, Diapers (any size), Visa, Uber And Lyft Cards, Pharmacy and Grocery Cards.

So visit nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

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Spotlight on nominee The Pipsqueakery

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Nominee The Pipsqueakery

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee The Pipsqueakery, nominated by donor xelay. They're a rodent rescue and sanctuary located in Bloomington, Indiana, focusing on medically and behaviorally needy hamsters. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (scroll down for social sharing icons) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee The Pipsqueakery

So, what, or who, is The Pipsqueakery?

The long answer is that we are two adults who happen to love hamsters (and other rodents)! We got our first hamsters together in March 2012, adopted 3 more from our local shelter in the summer of 2012 (including our lovely little Pipsqueak), and then began fostering for EARPS, Inc in May 2013. We lead busy personal lives as a nurse and a recently lawyer, but our real passion is for the hamsters.

We like to keep our numbers under 50 hamsters, but we are also equipped to handle large intakes. We have a particular soft spot for medically needy hamsters and the medically needy hamsters have a forever home with us. We have had hamster with diabetes (they get two injections of insulin a day), blind hamsters, deaf hamsters, hamsters missing limbs, hamsters with chronic eye issues, hamsters with kidney failure, hamsters with chronic respiratory issues, hamsters with no teeth, hamsters who have been severely abused or neglected, hamsters with serious injuries, and many simply elderly hamsters that need a place to live out their time in comfort.

If you are interested in helping us please go to www.thepipsqueakery.org/help to see all the different ways you can help!

So visit nominee The Pipsqueakery's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this 15 second video of Baby Elvira. (There are more Pipsqueaks where this came from!)

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Spotlight on nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

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Nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health, nominated by donor Bethany. They advance reproductive freedom through proactive policy. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception.

Using a partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We are a force multiplier – we form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to directly impact the reproductive health and lives of women across the country. Since 2008, NIRH has provided direct grants and hands-on support to more than 170 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 43 states and 64 localities across the country.

At the national level, we go where others don’t, engaging in groundbreaking public opinion research and original reports, proactive policy initiatives, and innovative advocacy campaigns to shape a new national conversation about reproductive freedom. We’re also known for our signature initiatives, including our nationally recognized youth leadership and peer education program, TORCH.

Our political arm, the NIRH Action Fund, works in parallel to change state and local electoral and policy landscapes.

We don’t just push back against restrictions on abortion and contraception; we fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

So visit NIRH's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this 5 minute film covering how the National Institute helps promote reproductive freedom:

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