Spotlight on Hurricane Dorian Relief @ Red Cross

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.

A few words on Charitocracy

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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!

Spotlight on nominee Gifts of Hope Unlimited

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!

Spotlight on nominee The Pipsqueakery

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!)

Spotlight on nominee National Institute for Reproductive Health

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:

Spotlight on nominee Americans United

Nominee Americans United: Religious Freedom Means Everyone Welcome Here

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Americans United for Separation of Church and State, nominated by donor jzp-charitocracy. They use litigation, lobbying and grassroots advocacy to advance the separation of religion and government. 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 Americans United

Who We Are

We are lawyers and lobbyists, students and activists, religious leaders and impassioned Americans. We are people of faith and people who don't profess any particular faith. We are a community that includes and welcomes people of all genders, races, ethnicities, religions or beliefs, sexual orientations, ages, classes and abilities.

What We Do

We use high-impact litigation, powerful lobbying and grassroots advocacy to ensure that:

  • Religion does not dictate public policy.
  • The government does not tell Americans what to believe or how to practice their faith.
  • Discrimination is not justified under the guise of religion.​

Our Mission

Americans United for Separation of Church and State is a nonpartisan educational and advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the separation of religion and government as the only way to ensure freedom of religion, including the right to believe or not believe, for all.

So visit Americans United's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this great video about AU on the occasion of their 70th birthday:

Spotlight on nominee Together Rising

Nominee Together Rising: How to change the world with $25

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Together Rising, nominated by donor bertiebrinkley. They connect donors with people and organizations who effectively address critical needs around the world or in their communities. 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 Together Rising

What We're About

Together Rising transforms collective heartbreak into effective action.

In a world where crises abound and heartbreak is in every community, people who want to help often don’t know where to turn. Together Rising is where to turn.

Whether it’s pulling children out of the sea outside the refugee camps in Greece, helping abandoned kids on the streets in Indianapolis, establishing the first opioid recovery home for pregnant teens in New Hampshire, building a maternal health wing in Port-au-Prince, providing a single mother access to breast cancer treatment, or keeping a foster family’s heat on in Texas — Together Rising identifies what is breaking the hearts of our givers as they look around their world and their community, and then we connect our givers’ generosity with the people and organizations who are effectively addressing that critical need.

We live in a world where people believe that We Belong To Each Other. We live in a world where people give away hard-earned money to strangers. We live in a world where Love Wins. And we have proof: Since 2012, Together Rising has raised over Fifteen Million Dollars, with a most frequent donation of $25.

Most of Together Rising’s funds are raised through Love Flash Mobs, time-limited fundraisers that have revolutionized crowd-sourced online giving, with thousands of strangers giving a maximum of $25 to meet a particular need in a matter of hours. Through these Love Flash Mobs, we are proving that small gifts can change the world in revolutionary ways.

100% of what Together Rising receives from every personal donation goes directly to an individual, family, or cause in need – not one penny we receive from individual donation goes to administration costs, unless a donor specifically authorizes that use.

So visit Together Rising's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this moving video about a recent reunion of deported parents with their child, one of many such reunions made possible with Love Flash Mob fundraising by Together Rising:

Spotlight on nominee Johnny’s Jog for Charity

Nominee Johnny's Jog for Charity

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Johnny's Jog for Charity, nominated by donor Shagensky. They host an annual St. Patrick's Day themed 5k raising money for 3 other local Connecticut children's charities. 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 Johnny's Jog for Charity

Johnny's Jog for Charity is inspired by the short but powerful life of Johnny Moran. Johnny was born with Wieacker Wolff Syndrome, a rare debilitating condition that affects the central and peripheral nervous systems. Johnny's spirit of strength and love rose far above his many limitations. His warm smile positive attitude toward life affected all who came to know him. The goal of Johnny's Jog for Charity 5K is to continue to share Johnny's spirit by bringing the community together with a grand St. Patrick's Day themed event benefiting 3 local non-profit children's charities.

John Timothy Moran
February 19, 2007 - April 18, 2016

All proceeds benefit these 3 local, non-profit childrens organizations:

Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation

The Molly Ann Tango Memorial Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs and their families. The Foundation helps finance the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and services when insurance is exhausted and other social programs are not available. In addition to financial support, the Foundation helps families navigate the medical and social communities to find the products and services that will specifically meet their needs.

Covenant Preparatory School of Hartford

Covenant Preparatory School opened in 2008 in order to meet the educational needs of under-served families. The school partners with students, families, staff and volunteers to form a pact, or covenant, to fulfill the mission of the school. Parents are an active part of the school. Funding for the school comes from individual donors, foundations, corporate sponsorships and grants. Covenant Prep provides young men from underserved communities the foundation required to successfully pursue higher education, to develop the strength of their character and to inspire them to live with integrity as leaders committed to their communities.

The Miracle League of Connecticut

The Miracle League of CT provides opportunities for Connecticut’s children with physical and cognitive challenges to participate in recreational, educational and cultural activities in an accessible, nurturing and noncompetitive environment where families can come together to cultivate new friendships and experience the joy of play.

So visit Johnny's Jog for Charity's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this news video from last month's event talking about what it is, who it helps, and how it started:

Spotlight on nominee The Pad Project

Nominee The Pad Project

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee The Pad Project, nominated by donor spencer. They provide pad-making machines to underprivileged communities so girls' educations won't be interrupted by their periods. 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 The Pad Project

When a girl gets her period in the U.S., she may miss a class.
When a girl gets her period in a developing country, she may never go to school again.

A period should end a sentence, not a girl's education.

But, unfortunately, that's exactly what's happening all over the world.

Too many girls cannot afford or access sanitary pads, which means that when they get their period, they have to turn to unhealthy alternatives like dirty rags, leaves, or ashes. On top of their high risk of infection every time their period comes, they also have to miss school--and the more school they miss, the more likely it becomes that they will fall too far behind and have to drop out entirely.

But there is a new invention that solves this problem.

A man named Muruganantham created a machine that makes affordable, biodegradable pads from locally sourced materials.

Better still, the machine does more than just supply girls with pads: it supplies a steady income to the women in the area who want to work on it.

In other words, this machine helps both girls and women gain independence.


Our job is to aid that independence, and here is how we do so:

  1. Connect with activists on the ground who have communicated that they need the machine.
  2. Learn about the area's specific needs from the local experts and make sure that we can supply enough funds to cover each one (for example, we always check if an area has sufficient power, and if they don't, we will supply solar panels).
  3. Raise enough money for one machine, a years' worth of supplies (after which the machine and its profits will become a self-sufficient microeconomy for the women in the area), and a team of local women who can educate other women how to use the machine and also how to destigmatize periods.

Help us spread the word about our award winning documentary, raise more awareness and launch a monumental movement through our newly created non-profit, The Pad Project, LLC, a California non-profit corporation.

When so much of the world's narrative around the period revolves around shame and secrecy, this project transforms it into a source of enlightenment and pride.

Our biggest hope is to get as many people as involved as possible, so that no girl will ever have to miss school because of her period again (which happens in low-income areas in the United States as well, which we also raise money for).

We started out as students, and at the end of the day, all we want to do is help other students.

If you have read this far, it would mean the world if you would donate and get involved.

As the inventor of the machine, Murugananthem, says: "The strongest creature on earth is not the elephant, not the tiger, but the girl."

So visit The Pad Project's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this intriguing trailer for the Oscar-winning documentary about the origins of The Pad Project, now available to watch on Netflix:

Spotlight on nominee Reach Out and Read

Nominee Reach Out and Read
photo credit: Sean Hennessy

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Reach Out and Read, nominated by donor RoamX. They stimulate early brain development in young children by prescribing books and reading aloud by parents. 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 Reach Out and Read

When we look back on our childhood, many of us have fond memories of being read to, of snuggling up and enjoying a favorite story with the people who love us. And it's not so much the story that we remember, but the feeling of love and security that it gave us. It turns out that reading aloud, a time-honored tradition in so many families, is actually a wonderful way of helping children to reach their full potential.

Reading aloud is a great way of engaging with young children

What happens during the first few years sets the stage for the rest of a child's life. It is a time when a child's experiences irreversibly affect how the brain develops - for better or worse.

Nurturing from a loving parent or caregiver in the early years supports healthy brain development that forms the foundation for success later at school and in life - and one of the best ways of engaging with young children is through looking at books together. Even the youngest baby loves to be held close and hear the voice of Mom or Dad as they read a book aloud.

Reading aloud promotes language development and early literacy skills

It is widely accepted that reading aloud is the single most important researched activity leading to language development and promotes early literacy skills, such as:

  • Book handling and naming
  • Understanding how stories work
  • Recognition of sounds and letters
  • Knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary
  • Ability to listen

Even young babies can benefit from read aloud practices!

Reading aloud:

  • Builds motivation, curiosity and memory
  • Helps children cope during times of stress or anxiety
  • Takes children to places and times they have never been - enlarging and enhancing their worlds
  • Creates a positive association with books and reading

Despite all of the benefits of reading aloud, surveys show that only a half of parents read to their young children daily and less than 10 percent read to their children from infancy. Families living in poverty are significantly less likely to read aloud to their infants and toddlers.

This is where Reach Out and Read comes in!

At Reach Out and Read, we believe that ALL families should have the tools and information needed to make reading aloud a daily routine, that ALL children should be given a foundation for success at school and beyond.

Reach Out and Read doctors and nurse practitioners deliver the program at routine pediatric checkups, so that we have repeated and unparalleled access to families with children from birth through five years. More than 91% of children under the age of six attend well child checkups each year.

Even handling books develops school readiness in infants!

Many of the families that Reach Out and Read serves do not have any books at home. We give each child a new developmentally-appropriate book to take home with them - and for those parents, whose first language is not English, we offer books in 12 different languages. Books can even be useful for parents who don't read - we encourage them to talk about the story that the pictures tell. We also encourage partnerships between Reach Out and Read sites and their local libraries, to expand the selection of books available for families to read aloud.

When a trusted doctor or nurse offers guidance about reading aloud to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and provides a book to read, parents have an opportunity to give their children the best start in life.

So visit the page of nominee Reach Out and Read on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this short video on why early literacy matters:

Spotlight on nominee World Central Kitchen

Nominee World Central Kitchen

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee World Central Kitchen, nominated by donor Stephanie. They're a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. 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 World Central Kitchen

José Andrés founded World Central Kitchen after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti with the belief that food can be an agent of change. We have expanded globally and have developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty.

Today, World Central Kitchen uses the expertise of its Chef Network to empower people to be part of the solution, with a focus on health, education, jobs, and social enterprise.

  • HealthCleaner cooking with clean cook stoves and food safety/sanitation training.
  • EducationSchool kitchens to support feeding programs that encourage school attendance and provide a source of sustainable revenue for the school.
  • JobsCulinary training to elevate the hospitality workforce, increase earnings, enhance quality of life, and strengthen Haiti’s economy.
  • Social Enterprise: Food ventures that increase income, create jobs, and provide transferable vocational skills to low-income communities.

Since our inception, our work has affected communities in Brazil, Cambodia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Zambia, and the United States.

Join us as we use the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies.

So visit World Central Kitchen's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And watch this Washington Post story on WCK's relief for federal employees during the recent government shutdown: