Spotlight on Sterling Animal Shelter

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Sterling Animal Shelter nominated by donor mom2angel.

The Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling, Massachusetts is a non-profit organization and no-kill animal shelter with no time or age restrictions. The shelter exists to provide humane sheltering and high quality medical care for stray, unwanted, abused and neglected animals and to find loving, lifelong homes for orphaned pets.

The staff is dedicated to finding good homes for adoptable pets and we continue to promote responsible pet ownership and to improve the quality of life for the animals and people in our community. The Shelter is supported entirely by donations from private individuals and through surrender and adoption fees. The Animal Shelter, Inc. does not receive support from the United Way or from federal, state or local governments. Our on-site veterinary clinic cares for almost 3,000 animals that come through our shelter yearly and provides a low/no cost spay/neuter, general wellness program assisting local animal control officers, shelters and breed rescues.

Our shelter is a clean, well run, family friendly animal shelter with progressive programs that will improve lives by raising the bar for animal care in our shelter and in our community.

Visit Sterling Animal Shelter’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on It Gets Better Project

It Gets Better Project

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have It Gets Better Project nominated by donor Stephanie.

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

Visit It Gets Better Project’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on WomenHeart


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have WomenHeart nominated by donor StephL.

Early detection.
Accurate diagnosis.
Proper treatment.

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) patient advocacy organization with thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care providers, advocates and consumers committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.

WomenHeart supports, educates and advocates on behalf of the 43 million American women living with, or at risk of heart disease. Our programs are made possible by donations, grants and corporate partnerships.

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

Spotlight on UNICEF


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have UNICEF nominated by donor damianf.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF helps save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Rated one of the best charities to donate to, 90% of every dollar spent goes directly to help children.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.

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

Spotlight on Homes of Hope India

Homes of Hope India

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Homes of Hope India nominated by donor crouchjg.

Simply put: Homes of Hope is transforming the lives of orphaned, abandoned and neglected girls throughout India. We build orphanages and schools, provide excellent education, nutritious food, love, everything needed to launch girls on to productive lives. We’re in the life-changing business, so come, be part of the Homes of Hope family.

Visit Homes of Hope India’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Children’s Hospital Medical Center nominated by donor Maurice.

Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit academic medical center established in 1883, is one of the oldest and most distinguished pediatric hospitals in the United States.

Clinical Services
We offer comprehensive clinical services, from treatments for rare and complex conditions to well-child care. In the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report survey of best children’s hospitals, Cincinnati Children’s ranked No. 3 among all Honor Roll hospitals.

With more than 600 registered beds, Cincinnati Children’s had more than 1.2 million patient encounters and served patients from all 50 states and 68 countries in fiscal 2015.

Education & Training
Through an academic affiliation dating to 1926, Cincinnati Children’s comprises the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. We train more than 600 residents and clinical fellows a year in various pediatric specialties and offer some of the most highly ranked research-based education and training programs in the nation.

We have been an important force in pediatric research since the opening of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation in 1931. Grant funding for our research has more than tripled in the last 15 years, supporting countless discoveries and the continued expansion of our areas of research.

Visit Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Flying Straight and Level

Now Benj, that is not what I call straight and level flight.

I used to take flying lessons earlier this decade.

Jessica bought me my first lesson as a father’s day gift, and I fell in love. It’s hard not to get bitten by that bug when you drive past the Wright Brothers Memorial and First Flight Airport almost every day on your way to and from home. I logged over 20 hours in the cockpit before reaching the inevitable conclusion that it’s probably the most expensive hobby I could have picked.

Building a garage for a water plane in my back yard and flying back and forth to New England would not save money, it turns out. Nor would it get me there any faster in a single-engine Cessna! When I discovered that my employer prohibits flying oneself around on business trips, that was the last straw. Kayaking and cross-stitching breathed a sigh of relief when I quit.

Back in those flying days, taking off and landing, radioing air traffic control, and performing various in-flight maneuvers were exciting, required my full attention, and generally turned out okay. Sure I had a lot of “go-arounds” when my landing wasn’t going to be perfect, but a lot of flying is just learning to set aside your ego… and to contantly scope out the closest comfortable place to crash-land.

It was the rest of the time, simply going from point A to point B, that was hard for me. Straight and level flight. Keep your heading, keep your altitude, keep your airspeed, and scan for traffic. I could be doing this for an hour, and the whole time wondering, what am I missing? Isn’t there something else I should be doing right now? I would always overthink it.

Sorry. As far as analogies go, this one took longer than expected to develop! Almost there…

Right now Charitocracy has no known bugs. Things are going smoothly. We’ve given away 4 monthly pots, and have 35 excellent nominees from which to choose in January. We’re steadily growing the donor count and pot size, now at 159 and $697, respectively. We have achieved straight and level flight! So I intend to take a short break from the all-nighter acrobatics, chill out a bit, and just enjoy the view for as long as my restless mind can take it.

I am serious about Charitocracy. And don't call me Shirley.

Spotlight on CALMRA


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have CALMRA nominated by donor cavoom.

CALMRA, Inc. is a community based residential service provider. We provide homes and services to adults with cognitive disabilities in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. The mission of CALMRA is to improve the lives of persons with cognitive disabilities by providing the highest quality residential and other support services in an ethical and loving environment.

CALMRA is proud to announce that we have been awarded the Maryland Association of Nonprofits Organizations Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the rigorous Standards for Excellence voluntary certification program.

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

Spotlight on Worcester Free Store

Worcester Free Store

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Worcester Free Store nominated by donor Bubba.

The Worcester Free Store is a space where people give what they can so that people can get what they need. Running entirely off of the generosity of our community, we provide items needed by the residence of Worcester County free of charge.

The Worcester Free Store opened March 26 of 2016, in a studio at the WorcShop on Stafford St. In the first month of our opening we gave away over 2400 items. On April 24th, in the Austin liquors parking lot on Park Avenue, the Worcester Free Store had its first community popup event. We were able to give away over 300 items to the community.

Visit Worcester Free Store’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry campaign

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign nominated by donor the_fIves.

We’re working to end child hunger in America by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, government officials, business leaders, and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. These partners work together, implementing solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets so their kids get healthy meals at home. Cooking Matters participants learn to shop strategically, use nutrition information to make healthier food choices, and cook delicious, affordable meals.

The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of child hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action. We build partnerships that enlist influential individuals in the cause and advocate policy changes needed to achieve our goals.

Visit Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry’s page on Charitocracy to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!