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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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May 2022 winner Theatre of Dare

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Charitocracy OBX's 20th check to May winner Theatre of Dare for $500

We have good news about May winner Theatre of Dare, right after this quick update...

A Relief Valve for Conscientious Objectors

This hasn't come up yet with OBX nominees and winners. But with Planned Parenthood and now NARAL Pro-Choice America both winning Charitocracy USA over the past year, there's something I should probably mention. Or at least remind you about since I bet I haven't mentioned it in years. It's a mechanism I built into Charitocracy dating back to the beta-test stage in summer of 2016.

It has not been used often, and I hope it continues not to be needed often. But if you have a dilemma whereby you can't in good conscience, for example due to religious beliefs, support the winning cause, you just need to get in touch and we'll direct your monthly contribution that month toward Charitocracy's general expenses instead of the monthly grant check.

Here's where you can find it described in the FAQ if you're curious!

So just be sure to let me know during the 1st week of the month before I write out the check, and I'm happy to keep you happy. While I always want democracy to prevail, I also want you all to sleep well at night. 😘

May 2022 winner Theatre of Dare

At midnight on May 31 we named Charitocracy OBX's 20th monthly winner! Congratulations to Theatre of Dare, nominated by donor obxlisa. They have served as OBX's community theater since 1991, while also offering scholarships to students pursuing careers in the arts. 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 TOD next week.

So finally, check out this thank you video from TOD after the fundraiser for their new theater space earlier this season in Kitty Hawk. 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!

Spotlight on nominee Theatre of Dare

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nominee Theatre of Dare

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy OBX nominees, we have nominee Theatre of Dare, nominated by donor obxlisa. They have served as OBX's community theater since 1991, while also offering scholarships to students pursuing careers in the arts. 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 Theatre of Dare

Community Theater for The Outer Banks

Theatre of Dare began in 1991 with the help of Ruth Ambrosius and Pat Clayton with the Outer Banks Forum. The first organizational meeting was held in November of that year and along with the Dare County Arts Council "TOD" was born. Actually the original (and mercifully brief) name of Theatre of Dare was the "Players of Truth and Dare"!

Auditions for the first production, California Suite, were held in January 1992 and the show was performed at the Port O'Call restaurant March 19-22, 1992, to great acclaim and gustatory delight. After a few other interesting locations were tried, the Theatre finally settled in the College of the Albemarle (formerly Manteo Middle School) auditorium, which had appropriate seating and a real theatrical stage... until 2017 when the auditorium was closed and torn down. Since then, Theatre of Dare has been a theatre 'on the run', performing in locations such as the Lost Colony Sound Stage, the Dare County Arts Council, Festival Park, and the Elizabethan Gardens. Someday, the Theatre hopes a kind and generous benefactor in need of a healthy tax deduction (T.O.D. is a bona fide 501c3) will donate a reasonably sized building on the beach that can become our permanent home, allowing us to avoid the splinters and arrows of outrageous fortune that accompany the constant moving of sets and sensibilities.

Since these humble beginnings, TOD has performed dozens of major plays and several second stage vignettes. Each season brings more talent and energy to each production and we welcome with mosh pit enthusiasm assistance of every type, from hammer-wielding set builders to shy, undiscovered talent, often discovered after a misplaced hammer blow to the thumb.

So come on in and click away and then contact us to find out how the Theatre of Dare can be fun for you too!

So check out this fun take-off on Rent's "Seasons of Love" from earlier this year where TOD was raising money to move into their new home in Kitty Hawk. Then please visit the page of nominee Theatre of Dare to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

April 2022 winner Dare Education Foundation

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Charitocracy OBX's 19th check to April winner Dare Education Foundation for $500

We have good news about April winner Dare Education Foundation, right after this quick update...

Keep being awesome.

You all make me so proud when it comes time to write our monthly grant checks. This money comes from you, and is pointed in the right direction by you. Jessica and I have the simple yet super satisfying job of signing the checks and putting them in the mail. But the rest is all you. Thanks for everything, and keep up the good work. Literally, good work. It doesn't get much better than this.

April 2022 winner Dare Education Foundation

At midnight on April 30 we named Charitocracy OBX's 19th monthly winner! Congratulations to Dare Education Foundation, nominated by donor obxsunny. They inspire our community to join together in a shared belief that by supporting our schools we are DEFining our future. 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 DEF next week.

So finally, check out this 4 minute video about why our support is so vital to continue DEF's work for our Dare County students, teachers and schools. Then take a moment to feel good about your part in our collective $500+ grant to help with their ongoing work!

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