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!

Tiebreaker, Tiebreaker, Break Me a Tie

The struggle to join Charitocracy's Top 10

Just a heads up on a tiny little update to the rules regarding tiebreakers: if the stars align and multiple causes have

  1. the same number of votes from
  2. the same number of voters and
  3. the same number of likes…

… then the first of them to have been nominated wins. First come first served.

I had to make this rule up on the fly last night. I received an email just after 1am reporting that the Vote page wasn’t listing any causes any more. (Thanks, Stephanie!) I checked my server logs, and sure enough there it was, the result of the Top 10 selection process:

tie for votes AND voters *AND* likes!
need quadruple-tiebreaker?!

So I chose a 4th criterion that cannot result in yet another tie, since two causes cannot be nominated at the same time; one of them will make it into the database first. And that one will edge out any others with the same number of votes, voters, and likes.

For example, let’s say there’s a cause called The Nature Conservancy and another called St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and both are vying for 10th position in the Top 10. Let’s also say, hypothetically, that as of midnight both have 2.5 votes from 3 voters and 7 likes. That’s when a friend emails you that your server’s broken, and you spend from 1am to 2am fixing the voting criteria, and St. Jude, nominated just 3 days before The Nature Conservancy as it would turn out, secures its spot in the Top 10 for March.

Usually I make my own memes. But this one I found on an old blog post about NCAA March Madness was too perfect and timely as-is. (Now pardon me, I have to go Pimp My Charity some more.)

Dawg, we heard you like tiebreakers so we put a tiebreaker in yo tiebreaker so you can break ties while you break ties

Spotlight on Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation

Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation nominated by donor carolinatim.

The Fisher Center is one of the largest and most modern scientific facilities in the world dedicated to solving the puzzle of Alzheimer’s disease. Our founding director is Nobel Laureate and neuroscientist Paul Greengard. He and his world-renowned team at the Fisher Center are leading the way to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Mission: to attack the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease through a 3-pronged assault focused on understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease; improving the care of people living with Alzheimer’s to enhance their quality of life; and finding a cure for this devastating disease.

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

Spotlight on Comfort Cases

Comfort Cases

Next in our series of posts about Charitocracy nominees, we have Comfort Cases nominated by donor OBXHubands.

“I remember the first day Amaya came to stay with us. She was four years old, moving into her third foster home and carrying her entire life in a white trash bag,” said Comfort Cases founder Rob Scheer.

“Having experienced foster care myself, I was disgusted to see a child forced to carry around their things like they were garbage. We took her out to buy new clothes and she picked out a Cinderella nightgown.”

“From that moment, I knew we needed to make a change.”

Scheer founded Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization that provides backpacks with essential items like toiletries, pajamas, activities and other items for children in foster care. The charity went from providing about 300 kits in 2013 to donating 25,000 to kids in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster care systems last year.

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

Congrats to February Winner, Southern Poverty Law Center!

Charitocracy's 6th check: to Southern Poverty Law Center for $1171... and counting!

We voted in our sixth winner last night! Congratulations to Southern Poverty Law Center, and to donor damianf for nominating it!

And just a reminder: “sweetening the pot” with a one-time donation is now sweeter than ever. For the first week of every month, all pot sweeteners will go to last month’s winner! So before we send the check to SPLC circa March 8, you can bump up the size of the check. $10 is the default, but you can change that to any whole dollar amount. Go check it out!

Now learn about one of SPLC’s latest legal battles, and feel good about your part in our collective $1171+ grant!

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

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!