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Benj and Jessica launched a nonprofit. Follow our journey as we built a 501(c)(3) and a web site, and now usher in an endless stream of worthy charity nominees and monthly grant winners!

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June 2021 winner Climate, Kayak, and Conversation

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Charitocracy OBX's 9th check to June winner Climate, Kayak, and Conversation for $520

We have good news about June winner Climate, Kayak, and Conversation, right after this quick update...

Benj the karma farmer?

For the past 3 weeks I've been working the farmers market at Dowdy Park on Thursday mornings. Chris Carroll at Sweater Box Confections graciously invited me to join her high-traffic cookies & pies booth, where she tells customers about the 2% of "Giving Freezer" purchases she donates to local causes through Charitocracy OBX.

Benj the karma farmer

I've averaged one new donor from the market each week, which may seem like poor results, but I consider it a win. (Most Thursdays I otherwise get zero!) We stand now at 95 OBX donors! Maybe you can help push us over the 100 donors milestone by inviting that special someone?! Or come by the farmers market and be my shill like Jessica did today. We'll get into a vigorous conversation, and prospective donors will flock to the commotion!

June 2021 winner Climate, Kayak, and Conversation

Yesterday we named Charitocracy OBX's 9th monthly winner! Congratulations to Climate, Kayak, and Conversation, nominated by donor wfreund. They tell stories of those impacted by climate change through sail-kayaking the Intracoastal Waterway. You can find their website here.

Now you have a week to sweeten the pot with a special one-time donation of any amount, which we'll add straight to the check we write to Climate, Kayak, and Conversation. We already have one generous $20 boost, thanks!

So finally check out this playlist of CKC videos breaking down the project. Will is great at creating interesting content about his project, so whether you're interested in the climate, the kayaking, or the conversations, he's got plenty to watch! Then take a moment to feel good about your part in our collective $520+ grant to help with his ongoing work!

Have a great July and be sure to log into Charitocracy OBX to update your votes or nominate a new cause!

Spotlight on nominee Surfing For Autism

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nominee Surfing For Autism

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee Surfing for Autism, nominated by donor obxlisa. They hold an autism awareness event each summer where kids with autism are offered the opportunity to surf. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Surfing for Autism

Surfing for Autism is an Autism Spectrum Disorder awareness event each Summer on the Outer Banks of NC while providing our children with an amazing experience and opportunity to surf. Each child is provided two surfers and a skilled therapist or teacher who are well educated on the special needs of our children with autism. Together, they are paired up with children who have ASD of all ages and introduce them to paddling, surfing, and a new way to have fun in the sun.

our mission

Offer individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder a supportive environment to connect and share by creating opportunities to experience the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Through these opportunities, Surfing for Autism is also creating a greater awareness and a deeper understanding of ASD within the community.

our vision

Involve individuals with autism, their families, siblings, caregivers, therapeutic professionals, surfers, and the larger community in an inclusive, comprehensive, and compassionate experience which celebrates the therapeutic benefits of surfing.

So check out this fantastic 4 minute video about their annual event in OBX, then please visit the page of Surfing for Autism to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

May 2021 winner Sea Change OBX

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Charitocracy OBX's 8th check to May winner Sea Change OBX for $500

We have good news about May winner Sea Change OBX, right after this quick update...

Give me a holler

I don't get a chance to hear from my "customers" very often. We're 100% online with all transactions taking place over a web site. There's no real opportunities for face-to-face personal banter, which would be helpful to know what I'm doing right and what I could do better. If you have ideas for improving Charitocracy and/or recruiting more donors, whether they hit you today or months from now, don't be shy! Get in touch and let's chat about it. Thanks!

May 2021 winner Sea Change OBX

Yesterday we named Charitocracy OBX's 8th monthly winner! Congratulations to Sea Change OBX, nominated by donor jennagwaltney. This is their second win! Sea Change dominated the national vote back in February 2020. They work directly with the Outer Banks Latino community to promote education and encourage cross-cultural understanding. You can find their website here.

Now you have a few 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 Sea Change OBX.

So finally check out this short video. It's in Spanish, but you can turn on English captions. It's a call for recipes for the bilingual Latino cookbook they're working on, and which Charitocracy's grants will help fund. Then take a moment to feel good about your part in our collective $500+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

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