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Congrats to May winner, It Gets Better Project!

Charitocracy's 9th check: to It Gets Better Project for $1222!

We voted in our ninth winner last week! Congratulations to It Gets Better Project, and to donor Stephanie for nominating it! There's still one more day to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to It Gets Better Project.

Learn more about It Gets Better, and feel good about your part in our collective $1222+ grant!

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

Spotlight on ALS Guardian Angels

ALS Guardian Angels Foundation

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have ALS Guardian Angels nominated by donor Maggie.

Most ALS related organizations are dedicated to finding a cure. Until then, ALS patients need help living. The ALS Guardian Angels Foundation is dedicated to helping patients and their families live with ALS while maintaining the best quality of life possible.

A cure is not on the horizon. Someone has to help. Who will it be if not us?

Visit ALS Guardian Angels' page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Strawberry Mansion Learning Center nominated by donor 4Good.

Kevin Upshur started the nonprofit in 2008 when he transformed the corner building he inherited from his mother—formerly a bar for 40 years—into a neighborhood education and resource center. What was once a dingy taproom—a drain on the community’s vitality and near-empty pockets—now serves up support, mentorship and a different kind of spirit.

The corner brick building, peeling with manila paint, is an afterschool safe-haven for kids who might otherwise go home to an empty house or neglectful parents—which, inevitably, often leads to street mischief and juvenile crime. The center is much more than a place to do homework: it is a harbor light for young minds adrift in a community lackluster in motivation and positivity.

Visit Strawberry Mansion's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Planned Parenthood nominated by donor Bethany.

In October 2016, Planned Parenthood turned 100 years strong. Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits.

Today, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

Visit Planned Parenthood's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

May Day, May Day!

April Showers Bring Mayflowers
painting by Donald Swan

I have been all-consumed by my day job. This is always a rough time of year here, but this year more than ever. Instead of working the 75-80% I signed up for in October, I'm at about 250%. (Ask Jessica, I do not exaggerate.)

While this is slowing down new features at Charitocracy, it isn't impacting the day-to-day operations. I automated almost everything, and I'm delighted to see it chugging along without my intervention. Not as delighted as I'd be if I could get in there and tinker every week, but still proud of the great causes you're all nominating and voting for in my "absence."

Tonight we'll choose another winning cause, and it's a hot contest! So if you haven't voted yet, or you'd like to change your vote last minute, go nuts! Tomorrow will be a new month, and as always we're excited to see which new causes you'll surface.

Don't worry, I'll eventually be back with a vengeance.

BRB

Spotlight on Love, Caroline Foundation

Love, Caroline Foundation

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Love, Caroline Foundation nominated by donor nutmeg108.

The mission of this foundation is to help families of children with medically complex epilepsy create and preserve memories that will last far beyond a lifetime. To help siblings spend time with each other and just be kids, for parents to reconnect and to leave behind the stress and pressure that everyday life brings when caring for a child with disabilities and complex medical needs. This foundation will strive to provide these families who face financial difficulty with a one-week vacation in order to preserve their family tradition or to start a new tradition.

Visit Love, Caroline's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Special Olympics

Special Olympics

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Special Olympics nominated by donor obxsunny, who also made this video!

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Visit Special Olympics's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on The Edible Schoolyard Project

The Edible Schoolyard Project

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have The Edible Schoolyard Project nominated by donor brysonfamily.

The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a sustainable, delicious, and free lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.

Visit The Edible Schoolyard Project's page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Congrats to March winner, Children’s Hospital Medical Center!

Charitocracy's 7th check: to Children's Hospital Medical Center for $1218... and counting!

We voted in our seventh winner Friday night! Congratulations to Children's Hospital Medical Center, and to donor Maurice for nominating it!

Best wishes to Maurice's niece, Cynthia, a patient of Cincinnati Children's Hospital. They've saved her life and continue their work to give Cynthia and countless other children and their families the best possible outcomes. Feel free to sweeten the pot this week with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to Cincinnati Children's next week.

Learn more about Cincinnati Children's, and feel good about your part in our collective $1218+ grant!

Have a great April, and log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!