Site Maintenance

Unfortunately, allowing people to log on to this site in order to vote encouraged hackers.

Therefore, the actual voting functionality has been removed. Although that functionality was the primary purpose of this site, perhaps it can still help people to become familiar with Direct Democracy and Participatory Budgeting.

Yours in the democratic ideal,

Charitable Organizations

The current list of organizations, sorted by Category:

Organization Category URL
Humane Society Animals
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Animals
World Wildlife Fund Animals
Big Brothers Big Sisters Children
Make-A-Wish foundation Children
World Vision Children
edX Education
Khan Academy Education
Manhattan Country School Education
National Outdoor Leadership School Education
Smithsonian Institute Education
TED Talks Education
Environmental Defense Fund Environment
Greenpeace Environment
National Wildlife Federation Environment
Sierra Club Environment
Sustainable Ocean Alliance Environment
Disabled American Veterans Health
Doctors Without Borders Health
Food and Water Watch Health
Open Medicine Foundation Health
Planned Parenthood Health
International Rescue Committee International
Kiva International
Red Cross International
United Nations Children’s Fund International
Watsi International
Associated Press News
Democracy Now News
National Public Radio News
American Civil Liberties Union Social Justice
Center for Social Justice Social Justice
Human Rights Watch Social Justice
National Organization for Women Social Justice
Center for Democracy and Technology Technology
Creative Commons Technology
Electronic Frontier Foundation Technology
One Laptop Per Child Technology

March, 2018

Initially, the plan for was to become a non-profit organization that acted as a charitable clearing house that redistributed 100% of its funds to other charitable organizations by means of Participatory Budgeting.

The current plan is not to accept donations, since there is risk involved with handling money and ensuring that people do not find unintended ways of stuffing the virtual ballot box.  Therefore, we exist primarily to demonstrate how Participatory Budgeting works.  To make it interesting, we will donate $1000: it is up to you to decide how that money gets spent.

We welcome any feedback you might have on how to use technology to achieve the common good.

Kind Regards,

-the team

Direct Democracy


The idea behind is simple: use Participatory Budgeting to create a charity clearinghouse.  All money donated to this site is re-donated to charities according to a budget determined by all of the members (i.e. Participatory Budgeting).  So it achieves charitable donations while teaching about a particularly effective form of Direct Democracy.


A Direct Democracy is one in which the voting populace determines the actions of the government directly.  Although today’s technology enables that to happen in a way that was previously impossible, detailed political decisions require deep understanding.

Budgeting is a far simpler process, and it divides problems nicely.

Traditionally, budgets are determined by electing representatives, and the representatives with the largest number of votes are responsible for the budget.  That often means that the votes cast for the minority candidate have no effect, and the votes for the majority candidate only have an effect in so far as the candidate is honest.

In participatory budgeting, representation is not necessary: a 60% majority gets to allocate 60% of the budget, and a 40% minority gets to allocate 40% of the budget.  This is entirely different than a two-party system, in which the minority candidate loses (and therefore does not get to allocate any of the budget).  In other words, it is fair.


Sign up now for the annual vote in the beginning of December.  If you just want to see how it works, just vote without signing up (which does not actually decide the allocation of the annual funds, or give you the opportunity to suggest new budget categories and charitable organizations).