Top Nonprofit Reddit IAmA's The latest Nonprofit IAmA's collected from Reddit NonprofitWe're The Carter Center, and we're competing in 100&Change, the MacArthur Foundation's $100 million competition to fund a single proposal aimed at solving a critical problem. Our proposal is to end "river blindness". AUA! Hey reddit! We're The Carter Center, one of eight organizations competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant. Learn more about their competition:

We're here to answer your questions.*

About our proposal: we are trying to eliminate transmission of river blindness disease in Nigeria, creating a model for the rest of Africa and the world. We will work through community-directed distribution systems to administer the drug ivermectin (Mectizan®, donated by Merck & Co.) once or twice per year. This medicine is proven to stop transmission of the condition. About river blindness: River blindness causes devastating socio-economic repercussions in Africa, resulting in food insecurity, lack of education for children who must care for blinded parents, intergenerational poverty, and social stigma.

We will be on at 11 AM ET to answer your questions. AUA! Our proposal and how community volunteers will be key to our success:

*Important caveat: This AMA is a public engagement opportunity for you, reddit, to learn more about our proposal. We won’t win the $100 million competition based on this AMA, and there's nobody paying us to do this AMA. We're just taking questions and are thrilled to engage and discuss this very important issue.


EDIT: We're on! Ask us anything!

FINAL EDIT: Thanks everyone! We greatly appreciate your participation. We hope we answered everyone's questions. We are now closing this AMA.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
AuthorIAmA writer who went deaf as an adult, then twelve years later regained my hearing. Now I’ve written a book about experiences of being deaf and deafened called ‘Sound’. Ask me anything. EDIT If I am a bit slow, sorry - slight technical issues! Keep the questions coming! I started to go deaf shortly after I turned over my car on black ice aged 27. Eight months later, my hearing was down about 50% - and deteriorating continuously. I was issued with two hearing aids and tried to get on with my life. But while the hearing disappeared, it took my social life with it. To begin with, I hid my deafness. I wore my hair over my ears to hide my hearing aids and struggled through. Things got much better when I got a part-time job in a photographic lab. It taught me how to see people and read their body language. I also started to ask for help. There are 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, and on average it takes them a decade to do something about it. In 2009, I was rediagnosed. The deafness was a result of a genetic condition of the middle ear which is operable. After surgery on each ear, my hearing gradually returned. I felt lucky beyond imagining to be able to hear again. But I had no anger about the last 12 years. I had learned how rich the silent world can be, but I also learned to appreciate the miracle of sound. My book, Sound, is a memoir of my experience, and an exploration of science, music and silence. My proof: Sound is available at all good UK bookshops & online.

EDIT Thanks so much for your interesting and insighful questions everyone. I really enjoyed answering them. If you want to find out more about the book, follow the link above.

Thu, 11 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitIamA Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia and as of this week I am the founder of WikiTribune AMA! My short bio: Hi I'm Jimmy Wales, and this week I launched a crowdfunding campaign at to presell monthly support for it. Wikitribune is a new news platform which brings together professional journalists and community members working side by side.

I think its strengths will be in having a good community of thoughtful people to help make sure everything is evidenced-based and accurate to that evidence, and I also think there's an interesting opportunity in the business model... I estimate that for every 500 monthly supporters at $15/month I can hire 1 journalists - so if, for example, a popular subreddit wants a full-time journalist to cover their beat... this is a mechanism for that.

Wikitribune is a completely new thing from me personally, independent of both Wikipedia/Wikimedia and Wikia.

My Proof:

UPDATE: All done, this was great, be sure to go to and bookmark it to be ready for the launch!

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitHi, I’m Rachel B. Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest legal organization fighting for the civil rights of LGBTQ and HIV+ people in the U.S. Ask Me Anything! Bio: We are the lawyers behind many of the pivotal cases in the struggle towards full equality. We kicked off the marriage movement in Hawaii in 1993, helped win nationwide marriage equality in 2015, and today we are defending marriage in states where it is under attack.

Long before marriage, our cases built the foundation for many of the advances we’ve made for the LGBTQ+ communities. The 1996 breakthrough Romer case was the first time the Supreme Court said that gays and lesbians have the same right to seek government protection against discrimination as any other group of people. In 2003, we ended the criminalization of LGBT lives by overturning state sodomy laws in Lawrence.

Earlier this month we won a pivotal employment discrimination case on behalf of a lesbian who lost her job after someone saw her kissing her girlfriend goodbye in the parking lot. In that case, the full Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said that discriminating against someone because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual is a form of sex discrimination, and it is against the law. (Four circuits have already held that discriminating against transgender people is sex discrimination.)

And we are most certainly not going back! Right now, we’re busy fighting against a hostile Trump Administration, fighting the so-called “bathroom bills” mushrooming all over the country; defending the Affordable Care Act, which is the most successful AIDS-fighting program in American history; fighting employment discrimination; and challenging fringe religious groups that want carve-outs to laws that protect everyone.

Wherever LGBTQ rights are at stake, we’re on the case… so ask me anything!


EDIT: We're all done! Thank you so much for your thoughtful questions and support. We appreciate you all! If you are seeking assistance with a legal matter involving sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV, please call the Lambda Legal office in your region and ask for the Legal Help Desk.

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe live in rural Uganda and each received $1,000, no strings attached, from GiveDirectly. Ask Us Anything. Hi Reddit, we are Betty Akello, Betty Auma, and Charles Omagur. All three of us are from villages in rural Uganda and all three of us have received a direct cash grant from GiveDirectly of $1,000, no strings attached, sent in three payments.

GiveDirectly called us, after randomly choosing us from among tens of thousands of recipients, and we have each volunteered to share our stories. Our answers are being translated by GiveDirectly staff members Noah and Theodora. Here’s a bit more about us:

Betty Akello -- I’m 31 years old, and I live with my husband Wilson, aged 35, in Olwa village. We have six children, three boys and three girls. We received our first token payment in April 2016, which we used to buy household items like bedding, and three piglets. We used our first and second lump sum to buy land that cost 2.5M UGX and the remaining was used to pay school fees and scholastic materials for our children. Our future plan is to expand our farm activities and build a house in the plot of land we bought.

Betty Aumo -- I’m 23 years old, and I live with my husband Peter, aged 32, in the Magara village. We used our first transfer to purchase home items like beddings and paid for medical bills. We used our second and final transfer to build an iron-roofed house, a cow for milk production, and better quality seeds for their garden. We are looking forward to earning income from the cow we bought through sale of milk. Our future plan is to buy more cows and be able to supply milk in the community.

Charles Omagor -- I’m 30 years old, and I live with my wife Elizabeth, aged 24, in Kaleu village. We have four children, three boys and one daughter. With our token transfer, we renovated the roof of our grass-thatched house that was leaking, and constructed a second one With our first and second lump sum transfer, we bought four cows and opened up a retail shop in our trading center where we earn an income. We also bought a small piece of land in the center where we plan to construct a rent house. My future plan is to engage in commercial agriculture and educate all my children.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe train American shelter dogs to become the world's best conservation detection dogs to protect wildlife and wild places. Ask Us anything about Working Dogs for Conservation. Hey, Nails here. First, just a few things I got going:

  • June 2016 I wrote my New York Times best selling memoir: House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge. Hardcover is already available, paperback will be released June 2017. Amazon link:

  • I got a reality TV show in the works "House of Nails", stay tuned for more info on that and take a look at the sneak peak here:

  • I'm featured on and regularly visit the Stern Show to discuss my conquests and exploits. Be sure to tune in, and if you haven't already, you can listen in on some of my features and visits below:

I will answer as much as I can over the next couple of hours (until ~2 PM EST), and I might follow up on some other questions past that time too. Be patient, I'm new to this shit...

I'm going to answer any REAL questions you can throw at me. I'm NOT going to answer stupid spammy troll shit (you guys know who you are)

Photo proof:

Twitter posts regarding AMA:


1:59 PM EST, gotta wrap things up:

Guys, we're signing off now. Won't be answering any more questions. Sad that some assholes pushed down all the real questions. I don't care for me, but I care about the fans and that's not fair for them. Anyway, if you want me to come back on, just give me 10 minutes notice.

Thanks Reddit for hosting me, thanks to the fans.

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitIamA American volunteer at a refugee camp in Greece for mostly Syrians. AMA! My short bio: Quinn - 27male, live in Chicago, filmmaker. Just got back from spending weeks volunteering at Ritsona Refugee camp on mainland greece. About 750 residents of all ages/genders. Mostly Kurdish Sryian's but people from all over the world.

My Proof: I volunteered with Echo 100 Plus - you can see me tagged in their most recent facebook post on their page announcing this AMA

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are No One Left Behind - a Veteran run nonprofit helping military interpreters who have been threatened for their service. President Trump just banned our clients. Ask Us Anything! A clip from "Alive Inside" of Old Man in Nursing Home Reacts to Hearing Music from his Era first went viral on Reddit!

"Brian's Songs" is a story of Love, Friendship, Music and ALS

My Proof:

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI am Dr. Kinari Webb, founder of a health clinic in Indonesia that works with communities to stop illegal logging with health care incentives. AMA! UPDATE: Thanks everyone for all the questions. I really enjoyed chatting with you today! I'm signing off for now, but may be back to later to answer a few more questions!

I established a unique community clinic in Borneo called Health in Harmony where patients can pay for health services with non-cash means like seedlings, handicrafts or labor, and regardless of the currency they use, patients get a 70% discount if they live in an area where illegal logging activity has stopped. Our mission is to improve the health of local residents while creating social pressure to stop illegal logging in and around the park, which is a haven for wildlife like the endangered Bornean orangutan.

At the clinic we use a technique called Radical Listening, which involves reaching out to the local community to find out what they see as solutions and implementing those. I originally went to Borneo as a young researcher to study orangutans and how their dwindling environment endangers their survival. What I didn’t expect was to discover the intimate connections between poverty, logging, poor health, substandard education, unsustainable farming practices and, of course, the orangutan. It was after returning to the US to become a physician that I established Health and Harmony.

I’m joined here by Natalie from PRI’s The World who will help me in answering your questions today. Read the recent piece The World wrote about the health clinic here.

Ask me anything!

TL;DR I’m Dr. Kinari Webb, founder of Health in Harmony and ASRI, a health clinic based in West Kalimantan, Indonesia that works with communities to stop illegal logging with health care incentives.

Here’s my proof:

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Nonprofit-LiveWe rescue orphaned rhinos that have had their moms killed by poachers. Ask us anything! Other thread:

Please visit our website at:

To donate: or

For larger donations that can go through a registered 501(c)(3) charity please PM /u/Bafana_Bafana

To Volunteer:


/u/crossborderman will be answering questions as well as she also works at the sanctuary!

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are campaigners fighting to stop an EU copyright law that introduces massive censorship - and that could wreck Reddit. AUA Howdy Reddit, we are indie pop trio Jukebox the Ghost here to answer all of your questions!

A bit about us; we have been a band for over a decade and we are releasing a live album this Friday (12/2) called Long Way Home. We hope you will enjoy :)



Even with all three of us a different computers frantically typing we couldn't get to all of your questions but we had so much fun! Thank you for joining us here... we love you all dearly. So nice to hear from so many of you who have been listening to us for so long.


-Ben, Tommy, and Jesse

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are the American Honey Bee Protection Agency! We're here to talk about bees and bee conservation! AMA! Hi everyone, I’m Leah Remini, author of Troublemaker : Surviving Hollywood and Scientology. I’m an open book so ask me anything about Scientology. And, if you want more, check out my new show, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, tonight at 10/9c on A&E.


Wed, 30 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are middle school kids in West Africa learning science and technology through the Level Up Village program run by Exponential Education. Ask Us Anything! We are some of the foremost leaders of the microbiology field, three of us are national academy members. Dan Portnoy is working on Listeria and collaborating with Aduro Biotech to help reach a cure for cancer. Michael Thomashow works to understand the mechanisms to help plants handle freezes and drought, in order to reach the potential of crops. Steven Lory works to understand how soil based bacteria cause diseases. John Mekalanos is the former chair of microbiology at Harvard and works on the mechanisms and vaccine development for cholera.

Here is the link to each of our labs and proof:

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are part of a Girls Leadership Program in a village in Ghana, West Africa AMA! J%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% New proof! More proof! Sorry :)

There is a post on my Google Plus account of me holding up my prison ID which has my picture and inmate number on it, there is another picture there with my face in it also. Then also got a piece of paper with my account name on it and the date.


Well, I was just in federal prison for importing chemicals from China. I had a website and was importing a particular chemical, MDMC. The chemical actually because Schedule I ten days AFTER I was indicted, I was indicted in 2011 with violating the "controlled substances analogues enforcement act of 1986", which actually charged me with importing MDMA.

I was sentenced to 92 months, which was dropped to 77 months thanks to "All Drugs Minus Two" legislation that was passed. Then I was immediate released less than a week ago pursuant to a motion the government filed on my behalf.

The security level prisons I were in were FCI (Medium) and USP (High). I was in the following prisons:

FCI Otisville (NY) FCI Fairton (NJ) USP McCreary (KY) FCI Jesup (GA) FCI Estill (SC)

I also was in the transfer center in Tallahassee, FL, as well as the new prison for the Virgin Islands, also located in FL. I went through another transfer center in Atlanta, GA; as well as in Brooklyn, NY (MDC), and the FTC (Federal Transfer Center) in Oklahoma.

The worst prison I was at was obviously the USP in Kentucky called McCreary. Lots of gangs and violence there, drugs, alcohol, etc.; but the rest of the federal prisons were very similar.

I'm also a nerd and happen to be a programmer (php/sql mostly, I've developed proprietary software for a few companies), and a long time music producer. Been heavy on the internet since the 1990s and I'm 29 now.

My proof is here:

I was inmate 56147018 if you want to search me. My real name is Timothy John Michael, and I am from Saint Petersburg, FL. My friends and family all call me Jack.

Updated proof with more pictures :)

Ask away!

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI'm David Coman-Hidy, Executive Director of The Humane League. We've worked to get more than 100 major food companies to switch to using cage-free eggs. We just launched our campaign to reform the poultry industry. AMA! Hello Reddit! My name is David Coman-Hidy, and I'm the Executive Director of The Humane League. We're an animal protection nonprofit that organizes people around the world. THL has been named a 'top charity' by Animal Charity Evaluators for the last four rating periods.

We've had a lot of success fighting to end battery cages (cruel confinement for egg laying hens) and we've just launched our first campaign to reform the poultry industry:

We would like to see Aramark publicly announce a broiler chicken welfare policy which includes, at a minimum, the following four basic welfare points:

  1. Commit to exclusively purchasing a specific breed - the breed of which Aramark would state publicly - that addresses the concerns related to fast growth, with a phase-in over the next four years.

  2. Commit to giving chickens more room by reducing maximum stocking density to 6lbs per square foot, with a phase-in over the next two years.

  3. Commit to installing environmental enrichments in line with Global Animal Partnership's enrichment standards throughout 100% of chicken housing, with a phase-in over the next two years.

  4. Move away from fully conscious live shackling and switch to some form of controlled atmosphere killing, with a phase-in of eight years.



Wed, 28 Sep 2016 0:00:00 EDT