Choose GOOD Update

After two years and $1,064,899 raised for our 21 amazing nonprofit partners, the Choose GOOD Campaign is entering a new phase: a partnership with GlobalGiving, an online marketplace that enables peer-to-peer philanthropy.We believe this program is an improvement because it provides more support to GOOD while maintaining the same impact level. It also offers a greater choice of initiatives, more flexibility for adding new organizations, and a better system of feedback to the subscriber on how the money is being used and the great things being accomplished.More support for GOOD:Now, when you subscribe, 100 percent of the money goes to GOOD, and GlobalGiving provides a gift certificate of equal value for you to direct to the worthy cause of your choiceCurrently, you can subscribe at the $10, $20, or $50 level-your choice. You get four issues at all levels, and if you give $50 you also get a GOOD T-shirt. More money from you means more support for GOOD and more support for great social impact initiatives.More choice:With high-impact social action projects in more than 60 countries, GlobalGiving gives our subscribers more choice in the causes they support.Currently, we're featuring Playpumps International (which makes playground equipment that also pumps water for African playgrounds), Youth Venture USA (an offshoot of Ashoka that funds youth social action projects), and Homegirl Cafe L.A. (a program that helps women in East Los Angeles go from gangs to restaurant work).More opportunity:Through GlobalGiving, it is easier for us to add nonprofit partners to Choose GOOD. We're currently working to integrate more partners into the program, so if you have an organization that you would like to recommend, please email partners (at) goodinc (dot) com to let us know.More feedback:By working with GlobalGiving, we benefit from their existing feedback loops-projects on GlobalGiving are required to report regularly on how donations have been used, and the results they have achieved.We're extremely grateful for the support of GlobalGiving and excited about this new phase in the Choose GOOD experiment. It will go at least until the end of June, and with your support, a lot longer.Here are several ways you can help: subscribe yourself, buy gift subscriptions, spread the word, and consider making additional donations through the website. You can also and recommend new nonprofit partners or ways to improve the process.We'll be posting another update in about a month once there is some more data.Thank you.
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Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

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The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

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