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Spotlight on nominee Girls Leadership

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Nominee Girls Leadership Charitocracy

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Girls Leadership, nominated by donor Elinora. They teach girls to exercise the power of their voice, creating impact for over 150,000 girls per year. 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 (see social sharing icons at top of 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 Girls Leadership

Mission

We teach girls to exercise the power of their voice through programs grounded in social emotional learning. We provide programs for girls, workshops for families, and professional development training for teachers, guidance counselors, and non-profit staff.

Girls Leadership centers gender and racial equity in our work to address the internal and external barriers to leadership development.

There are 25 million K-12th grade girls in the United States. If you combine the efforts of all national girl-serving organizations, they collectively are only reaching about three million, or about 12% of the country’s girls, leaving a staggering 22 million girls in the US without support. Girls Leadership’s bold goal is to close that gap.

Research & Innovation Approach

We create impact for over 150,000 girls per year through a three-part, integrated strategy:

  1. Innovation engine: We innovate in our Power Lab, a unique partnership model where our staff build relationships with girls, study and listen to their needs, and then design programs to meet these needs. Programs are validated in the Power Lab to ensure impact is applicable to all girls. Our current labs include the Student Leadership Network in New York and Latitude High School in Oakland, CA.
  2. Impact engine: Once we have evidence that programs are working in the Power Lab, we scale that impact by training professionals and partner organizations nation-wide.
  3. Advocacy engine: By designing programs to meet the needs of our most marginalized girls, we teach girls the skills they need to exercise the power of their voice to defy the systems that silence them. We partner with schools, community-based organizations, and programs to build their capacity to understand their vital role in upending these systems so our girls can come of age within supportive and healing environments.

Values

We structure our work around four central values: Authentic Communication, Courageous Growth, Equity, and Play.

What Makes Us Unique?

  1. Girls Leadership works not only with girls, but also with their primary influencers – parents and caregivers, teachers, and program staff – to create systemic and scaled impact.
  2. We put social and emotional learning (SEL) at the foundation of leadership development.
  3. We see girls’ every-day relationships with peers, friends and family as the primary opportunity to develop and practice the leadership skills that generate agency and influence over a lifetime.

Definitions

GIRL
At Girls Leadership we recognize that gender is a reflection of identity, biology, and expression.

LEADERSHIP
Leadership is making others and situations better as a result of your presence, and making that impact last in your absence. This work can begin at any age, and doesn’t require a title or role.

So please visit the page of nominee Girls Leadership to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this powerful video about girls finding their voices:

Spotlight on nominee Blind Dog Rescue Alliance

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Nominee Blind Dog Rescue Alliance Charitocracy

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Blind Dog Rescue Alliance, nominated by donor bjstager. They work to rescue blind dogs, assist their owners, and educate the public about these wonderful dogs. 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 (see social sharing icons at top of 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 Blind Dog Rescue Alliance

Our Mission

Since 2009, BDRA volunteers have rescued over 600 visually impaired dogs across the United States and Canada. We work to rescue blind dogs, assist their owners, and educate the public about these wonderful dogs.

About Us

We are a group of volunteers spread throughout the United States and Canada dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired dogs by rescuing them in shelters, assisting blind dog owners, and educating the public about these wonderful dogs.

We formed in August 2009, and our members have many years of experience with blind dogs and rescue. We have rescued more than 600 visually impaired dogs so far.

Please look over our website, visit our blind dogs for adoption, read their stories, and we think you will agree that “blind dogs see with their hearts!”

We are always looking for volunteers; let us know if you want to help out! We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, and all donations are tax deductible.

So please visit the page of nominee Blind Dog Rescue Alliance to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out one of their many sweet adoptable dogs, Stormy:

January 2021 winner Clean Air Task Force

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Charitocracy's 53rd check to January winner Clean Air Task Force for $1359

We have good news about January winner Clean Air Task Force, right after this quick update...

We have an Environmental winner for a change

In over 4 years, we've only had one quasi-environmental winner before, Sky's the Limit Fund, who offer wilderness therapy programs for youth in crisis. Today's winner marks the first 100% environmental winner at Charitocracy. And I hope it marks the beginning of a new era! Check out our other environmental charity nominees, or consider nominating one yourself!

January 2021 winner Clean Air Task Force

Last night we named Charitocracy's 53rd monthly winner. Congratulations to Clean Air Task Force, nominated by donor Bethany. They're an environmental organization pushing change in technologies and policies to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. You can find their website 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 CATF next week.

So finally please take two minutes to learn something from Clean Air Task Force. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be used to decarbonize fossil energy and turn it into a zero-emissions industry! Then feel good about your part in our collective $1359+ grant to support their ongoing work.

Have a great February, stay safe, and be sure to log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!