We’re Board

Charitocracy totally needs this Super Polycom

Jessica and I are excited to announce our three new Charitocracy board members for 2017!

Charitocracy Board Member David Haas

David Haas has over 25 years of innovation, sales, marketing, product development and business development expertise in the Digital Media, Event Technology, Social Media and Experiential Event marketplaces. David’s current focus is launching new technology products for FreemanXP and building personal development apps.

Charitocracy Board Member Melia Wilkinson

Melia Wilkinson spent a majority of her professional career working in marketing, sales and PR, but it’s her earlier roles in non-profit that will be most valuable for this role. Melia worked in marketing and events in DC for a lobby group working to educate on the state of children (re: hunger and poverty) as well as on microenterprise. Learning how to stretch a dollar, motivate members and educate are the cornerstones to getting a non-profit off the ground, and Melia looks forward to rolling up her sleeves and getting back into it.

Charitocracy Board Member Mike Andrews

Mike Andrews started programming computers more than 30 years ago, and never stopped. Along the way, he created many legendary bugs, and a few tidy solutions to complex problems in filesystems, distributed computing, computer audio, and block storage. He was awarded two patents for network filesystem technologies. Mike brings a proven background in project management and a fierce sense of humor to the task of chipping away at the world’s mountain of injustices with Charitocracy.

We thank Dave, Melia, and Mike for their priceless feedback even before joining the board, and look forward to their continued guidance in the year ahead. Boardom has never been so fun. Well, unless you count when the boardroom was our bedroom. But I guess Charitocracy is becoming all respectable now!

Fools!  We must seize that polycom!

Spotlight on American Civil Liberties Union


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have the American Civil Liberties Union nominated by donor TdotWING.

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

Whether it’s achieving full equality for LGBT people, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age of widespread government surveillance, ending mass incarceration, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

With more than 2 million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., to safeguard everyone’s rights.

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

Spotlight on Southern Hope Animal Rescue & Education


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Southern Hope Animal Rescue & Education nominated by donor Lita.

It’s more than just an all species animal rescue. SHARE is a place where we learn, grow and have fun!

We not only offer many volunteer opportunities but we also have a riding lesson program, pony ride parties and professional horse boarding services to help fund our rescue costs.

We primarily assist local shelters with the placement of farm animals, dogs, cats and rabbits but are also known to accept owner surrendered animals of all kinds.

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

Spotlight on The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have The Nature Conservancy nominated by donor chesaustin.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

How do we achieve this mission and vision?

  • Through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom impact conservation in 69 countries.
  • With the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporations.
  • By using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and staying true to our five unique core values.

That’s how The Nature Conservancy has done more than anyone else to advance conservation around the world since our founding in 1951.

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

Spotlight on #hersmile


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

Our mission is to bring hope, strength and inspiration to those who have experienced a tragedy by designing and presenting learning opportunities in a way that helps individuals develop and improve the power of their mindset and/or by extending monetary gifts.

The #HERSMILE 501(c)(3) nonprofit is proud of their future plans to fund programs that promote empowerment and inspire people to thrive despite life’s greatest challenges and heartaches. Through writing, speaking engagements, community involvement and through expressions of love and giving during one’s darkest days, it is our vision to shed Jenna’s light and love beyond our family and community. In addition, #HERSMILE also provides much needed funds to assist families with paying for the high cost associated with laying their loved one to rest.

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

Spotlight on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital nominated by donor Jackgivesback.

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

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

All smiles here!

Smile for Valentine's Day!

We received our first check from the Amazon Smile program. This is legit!

By using smile.amazon.com as the entry point to doing your shopping on Amazon, you’ve raised nearly $60 bonus for Charitocracy, which I’ve just distributed as $5 into each of the next 12 monthly pots. So if you weren’t sure if it’s worth remembering to do this every time, I guess you have your answer! Go ahead and continue to buy one of everything knowing it’s for a good cause. 12 good causes!

Spotlight on National Mill Dog Rescue


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have National Mill Dog Rescue nominated by donor bhiobx.

National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy milling. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their rescue and adoption efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 10,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across the United States.

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

Spotlight on NEADS


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have NEADS nominated by donor Hattie Sass.

NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Massachusetts. Our Service Dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or have a disability.

Accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the internationally recognized governing body that establishes industry standards and practices, NEADS offers a wide spectrum of Assistance Dog services, including:

  • Deaf & Hearing Loss
    Our hearing dogs are specially trained to alert human partners to the source of a sound.
  • Combat Veterans
    Our Canines for Combat Veterans program is designed to help the growing population of wounded veterans.
  • Physical Disability
    Our service dogs assist people by performing everyday tasks like picking up dropped items, opening doors, and more.
  • Classroom, Therapy & Ministry
    Our uniquely trained dogs engage and inspire a practitioner’s community.
  • Children with a Disability
    Service dogs for children perform many of the same tasks they can for adults, and offer our younger clients greater independence.
  • Children on the Autism Spectrum
    Social dogs help a child on the autism spectrum feel calmer and more confident.

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

Spotlight on National Military Family Association


Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have National Military Family Association nominated by donor Sue Wilkerson.

NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.” Through the support and programs we provide, and our respected voice on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and Veterans Administration, our Association always looks out for the families who stand behind the uniform and for those who serve.

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