“Keep Your Normal Job”

Benj, I bet you are definitely among the top 100 nonprofit coders... depending on the nonprofit

Jessica, her brother, and I rewatched the first episode of Flight of the Conchords earlier this week. The first song is a serenade to a party guest, the “most beautiful girl in the… room (the whole wide room).” It includes these lyrics:

You’re so beautiful
You could be a part-time model
But you’d probably still have to keep your normal job

Exactly. I consider myself good enough to be a part-time Charitocrat, but I’d be crazy to quit my day job.

However, after a winter and spring of overdoing it, working crazy (even for me) hours, burning out, and then collecting my thoughts for a few weeks, I made the decision to officially become a part-time model volunteer coder for Charitocracy. My day job now has time boundaries, and I think those boundaries will help me do great work at both places, and just be a more balanced and dare I say fun person for everyone else in my life.

What this means for Charitocracy is that I’ll have at least one day each week to devote myself 100% to it. Also, my nights and weekends now have a better chance of seeing some Charitocracy progress, too.

Transitioning from the “Year of Benj” (full-time Charitocracy) back to real life was like hitting a brick wall at 100 MPH. Now I’ve pulled some bits from the wreckage and am capable of at least puttering along at a steady 20 MPH. Slow and steady wins?

Don't look now, but Benj is back!

Spotlight on Potter League for Animals

Potter League for Animals

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Potter League for Animals nominated by donor MegaMom104.

As the heart of a humane community and in partnership with that community, the Potter League for Animals is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals. We promote the humane treatment of all animals and provide shelter and care for lost or unwanted companion animals. Through education, commitment to a standard of excellence in the care of animals, and fostering relationships between people and animals, we enhance the animals’ lives and enrich the human experience.

Visit Potter League’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on CO/LAB Theater Group

CO/LAB theater group

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have CO/LAB Theater Group nominated by donor miacrivello.

CO/LAB (Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries) Theater Group is a non-profit organization that has been providing individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts since 2011. At CO/LAB, our Teaching and Supporting Artists work together to facilitate a positive, safe and fun environment for our actors. In classes and rehearsals, we encourage participants to collaborate and work together as an ensemble as well as discover their individual voices.

Visit CO/LAB Theater Group’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Congrats to June winner, Planned Parenthood!

Charitocracy's 10th check: to Planned Parenthood for $12225

We voted in our tenth winner last week! Congratulations to Planned Parenthood, and to donor Bethany for nominating it! There’s still 4 more days to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we’ll add straight to the check we write to Planned Parenthood next week.

Watch this recent 3 minute video about Planned Parenthood by Joss Whedon (one of my favorite creative minds on the planet), and feel good about your part in our collective $1225+ grant!

Happy Independence Day, have a great July, and log into Charitocracy to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

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