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July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

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Charitocracy's 35th check to July winner World Central Kitchen for $1393

We have good news about July winner World Central Kitchen, right after this quick update...

Sharing is Caring

You may have noticed or read about it when we unlocked most of the site (except voting!) for non-donors and search engines to see. Now as part of this effort, social sharing of nominee pages works, too! In the "Don't Be So Antisocial" social media widget on the side or bottom of every nominee voting page you'll find icons for Facebook and Twitter which reveal share buttons to share the page. Alternatively, you can manually copy and paste the URL from your web browser. You can even drop that URL into a text message and have the spiffy share image pop up automatically. FYI, social sharing works on blog pages like this one, too.

So share your favorite causes far and wide with friends and family and strangers and arch enemies! Beg them, seduce them, guilt trip them, whatever you have to do. Just get them to join Charitocracy and maybe even vote for your favorite cause!

July 2019 winner World Central Kitchen

Last night we named Charitocracy's 35th monthly winner. Congratulations to World Central Kitchen, nominated by donor Stephanie. They have expanded globally and developed into a Chef Network creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to World Central Kitchen next week.

Before you go, check out this 7-year-old short film about World Central Kitchen in its infancy, working only in Haiti, and revel in how far they've come since then, responding to 13 disasters last year. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1393+ grant to help with their work!

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

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June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

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Charitocracy's 34th check to June winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation for $1530

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Summer Travel

I returned home at midnight last night, just as our new Charitocracy winner was being selected. It's the first dark night I've seen for weeks. I've been adventure traveling with my son near the Arctic, spanning summer solstice, where at best the sky dims a bit for a couple hours. It's strange having to once again plan my time around something as pesky as when the sun will be out!

Now I look forward to settling down and enjoying some actual summer heat before hitting the road again with Jessica and the kids for 6 weeks in August. We'll be embarking on an epic family RV trip with a focus on national parks. But my Charitocracy laptop is no stranger to the nomadic lifestyle, so you can expect things to roll on without disruption. There just may be a day or two in there when we have no access to Internet. Charitocracy pretty much runs itself these days, anyway!

June 2019 winner Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Last night we named Charitocracy's 34th monthly winner. Congratulations to Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, nominated by donors katnadam0616. They support and shape the direction of research into the cure, prevention, and management of cerebral palsy. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to CPARF next week.

Before you go, check out CPARF's video about how something as simple as a wheelchair can transform lives. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1530+ grant to help with their work!

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

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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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Spotlight on nominee Americans United

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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:

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Spotlight on nominee Together Rising

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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:

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May 2019 winner ProPublica

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Charitocracy's 33rd check to May winner ProPublica for $1649

We have good news about May winner ProPublica, right after this quick update...

NYU help has arrived

Summer's almost here! We're still cranking away, making steady improvements to Charitocracy. Many are the brainchild of Debbie Chu, one of our NYU collaborators who's going above and beyond her course credits to continue helping us out. She's feeding great ideas onto my todo list, and I'm trying to knock them off the list ASAP. Go team!

May 2019 winner ProPublica

Last night we named Charitocracy's 33rd monthly winner. Congratulations to ProPublica, nominated by donor zardoz. They are Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists who expose abuses of power and betrayals of the public trust by government, business, and other institutions. You can find their web site here.

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to ProPublica next week.

Before you go, check out this brief video about what sets ProPublica apart from other journalism. Then feel good about your part in our collective $1649+ grant to help with their work!

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

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Spotlight on nominee Johnny’s Jog for Charity

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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:

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Search and Ye Shall Find

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Benj drags Charitocracy into the early 1990s with search

I have some big news.

Huge!

Are you sure you're ready for this? Maybe you should sit down.

Charitocracy (OMG OMG OMG) has joined the millions of other web sites on the Internet... to offer site-wide search functionality!

via GIPHY

Simply type in one or more keywords, which are just fancy names for things you want to search for, and Charitocracy will return all matching nominee voting pages, blog posts, comments, etc. All in a fraction of a second*!

So visit any page, click that little magnifying glass in the top-right corner of the menu, or hiding at the end of the menu if you're on a phone, and search your heart out! American Heart Association will be returned, among others.

* AOL customers may be looking at a fraction of a minute here.

There's got to be a better way to search that groovy charity

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April 2019 winner National Military Family Association

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

We have good news about April winner National Military Family Association, right after this quick update...

Lifting the veil

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

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

April 2019 winner National Military Family Association

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

Now you have a week to further sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to National Military Family Association next week.

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

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

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Spotlight on nominee The Pad Project

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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:

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