Top Nonprofit Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/nonprofit The latest Nonprofit IAmA's collected from Reddit NonprofitWe are staff and students from a program at a village high school in Ghana in West Africa. Ask us anything. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6540/we-are-staff-and-students-from-a-program-at-a Hi everyone!

My name is Hannah McCollom. I am a volunteer with a US based NGO called Exponential Education in Ghana. I am here with some our students from Antoa Senior High School in Ghana.

The students I have with me are members of our newest program, Boys for Positive Change! Boys for Positive Change (BPC) is our newest pilot program at Expo. With the success of our Girls LEAP, we saw a need for similar mobilization with Senior High School (SHS) aged boys. The mission of BPC is to sensitize boys to recognize social norms underlying gender inequality and empower them to become agents of positive change by challenging these norms.

BPC is an afterschool club for SHS Form 2 boys. They meet once a week and discuss a number of topics which include: • expressing emotions • gender norms underlying inequality • family and relationships • masculinity • violence and gender based violence • community issues

Belief: Domestic violence is an internal, family affair, not a social problem. Fact: It is a social problem: Data from the 2008 Ghana Demographic and Health Survey (GDHS) was analysed. Here are the results: • Of the 1524 ever married women in this study, 33.6 % had ever experienced domestic violence. • Risk of domestic violence was 41 % higher for women whose husbands ever experienced their father beating their mother. • Women whose husbands drink alcohol were 2.5 times more likely to experience domestic violence as compared to women whose husbands do not drink alcohol. • Statistics from the Domestic Violence & Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service indicates that at least 17,655 cases of violence against women were reported to them in 2014. • Violence against women and children has many bad consequences that affect society. - It seriously damages women and children mentally and physically. It creates fear and loss of self-esteem. - It leads to the breakdown of families, society and trust between people. - It incurs costs for medical care and loss of ability to work and earn by women. Children take time off from school.

Belief: A man punishes his wife because she gives him cause to do so. He has rights to punish her because he is her superior & the “head of the household”. Fact: If we accept this belief then we accept that: - Men are superior to women, - “Superior” people are allowed to enforce their superiority by using violence. The idea that men are superior to women is not a fact. It is a value judgement. Women and men have different sex roles and their cultures may give them different gender roles. However these roles should be given equal value and women should be equal to men. This idea illustrates that according to tradition, the man is the head of the family so he can “educate” his wife or children even if this education is in fact just violence and not education. If we accept this belief, then we accept the fact that a man has right to use violence to impose his authority.

These are just a couple of the many beliefs in society about gender based violence.

If you'd like to help our organization out, please donate to our fundraising campaign. Any amount helps. All money goes towards our programs: BPC, Girls LEAP, P2P, and LUV. You can donate at https://secure.anedot.com/expoedu/expoedugivingtuesday Link to website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/

We are the students and staff of Exponential Education in Antoa, Ghana! Ask us Anything!

My Proof: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cZj-mGyZp4INrWmlOSVorNNby6vKjNzY/view?usp=sharing

Update: We have sent the students home and back to the school to eat dinner and get ready for their week! Staff members are still here to answer questions!

Update #2: It is getting late here in Ghana, so I am going to log off now! I will check back in tomorrow to answer any more questions you may have! Keep commenting!

Final update: Thank you all for the response and questions! Again, if you would like to donate to our program, visit https://secure.anedot.com/expoedu/expoedugivingtuesday or Link to website: http://www.exponentialeducationprogram.org/ Have a great day!

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitWe are EmmaSofia, the organization that helped get Norwegian Supreme Court to reduce sentencing for LSD to community service after presenting research on the low health risks. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6536/we-are-emmasofia-the-organization-that-helped-get We are Henrik Akselsen (the defendant), Pål-Ørjan Johannesen and Teri Krebs who has done research on psychedelics and their harm effects.

We were thrilled to see the story trending on /r/worldnews a few days ago. link

The short story is this: Henrik got his apartment raided by police do to a confiscation of LSD in a mail order that they were able to link to him.

The police originally wanted a 5 month prison sentence, but through three court instances we managed to present enough evidence to convince the court to reduce precedence for LSD-related cases quite substantially. The Supreme Court decided on 45 days of community service.

If you have any questions regarding the case, we’re happy to answer.

EmmaSofia is a non-profit organization, working to get Norway into a drug policy based on evidence and respect for human rights. EmmaSofia is part of a growing movement within all the major political parties to turn Norway into a model country for a 21st century drug policy based on evidence and human rights. Check out nordicreform.com, a Nordic Drug Reform conference in Oslo on November 23rd - 24th

Article in NYT in may 2015: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/05/world/europe/an-uphill-campaign-in-norway-to-promote-lsd-as-a-human-right.html?_r=0

Former IAmA

Proof: Confirmation on our frontpage: http://www.emmasofia.org/

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitMy Afghan Combat Translator Saved My Life In The War. Together We've Saved Over 5,000 Additional Lives. Ask Us Anything. http://www.topiama.com/r/6505/my-afghan-combat-translator-saved-my-life-in-the EDIT: Thanks for your questions, I really appreciate your interest. Its always good to know that there are many people out there who care deeply about the natural world. I think before we think about Mars, we need to look after Earth. Take care

Brent

Hey my name is Brent Stirton and I’m a South African photographer with a lot of experience in the documentary world. I currently spend most of my time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine, but my work has been published in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, and other outlets. I have a big passion for issues related to wildlife, conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

Last week, I was named the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year by the Natural History Museum for this piece I did on rhino poaching: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/10/dark-world-of-the-rhino-horn-trade/

Other projects: https://www.brentstirton.com/state-of-blindness/ https://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/13/brent-stirton-an-ode-to-nelson-mandela/ https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2016/07/questions-and-answers-brent-stirton/ https://www.brentstirton.com

Proof: https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/923912301144571904

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Tue, 31 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Nonprofit-LiveWe are professional game masters who have been using Dungeons and Dragons in therapy groups for the past six years. We just launched a nonprofit called Game to Grow. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6485/we-are-professional-game-masters-who-have-been Hi Reddit! We are Adam Johns and Adam Davis. Since 2011 we’ve been running therapeutic groups using Dungeons and Dragons and other games to help teens and adolescents build confidence, relieve anxiety, and develop social skills. Many of our participants struggle with autism-related challenges, and we’ve found that games of all kinds, but especially Dungeons and Dragons, can help them build much-needed skills. We’ve used our training in psychology, education, family therapy, and drama therapy to design in-game encounters to specifically help build real-world skills.

We’ve spoken about our work at conventions around the country, and we’ve been featured in Kotaku, Geek and Sundry, the BBC, and we’ve appeared on the official Dungeons and Dragons podcast. Most recently we appeared on the Penny Arcade C-Team Table Talk.

We just launched the non-profit Game to Grow along with a crowdfunder in order to expand our work and spread it around the world. Donations to our Generosity campaign go directly to helping us launch more groups to serve even more kids and teens with lagging social skill development!

A game in every home! Ask us anything! (And proof)

1st Edit: Thank you for all of the great questions! We're going to take a quick coffee break but keep the questions coming in and we'll get to them as soon as we can.

2nd Edit: We're back and answering questions. We'll probably have to stop around 3:00 PST so that we can plan our groups for this evening, but we'll get to as many questions as we can before we stop.

Final Edit: We've got to head out to plan our groups, but thank you everyone for all the great questions! Especially thank you for all of your generous donations to the crowdfunder! You help make this work possible and are helping us to get services out to the many people who need them. I'm sorry if we weren't able to answer your question, but please feel free to email us at contact at gametogrow.org if you have any questions that we didn't get to! May all your hits be crits!

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Tue, 24 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI am Victor Montori, Mayo Clinic Doctor and founder of Patient Revolution, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6469/i-am-victor-montori-mayo-clinic-doctor-and I'm Doctor Victor Montori. In 2016, I helped to found the Patient Revolution, a non-profit that seeks to move our healthcare system away from its current industrialized, pro-revenue model to one that is careful, kind, and patient-focused.

I've recently released the "manifesto" of the Revolution, my book "Why We Revolt: A Patient Revolution for Careful and Kind Care," which details my experiences in a series of personal essays.

Ask me about anything from healthcare to growing up in Peru!

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Edit: Sorry but this is all the time I have today to answer all your questions. This was my first time doing AmA and it was a pleasure and fun to engage with you all. Feel free to connect through our website (http://patientrevolution.org) and let me know the stories that come to mind after you read Why We Revolt (http://patientrevolution.org/revolt). Together I believe we can achieve careful and kind care for all. Thank you again.

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewIamA stop motion animator that has spent the last 4 years of my life creating a scifi/horror webseries called Operator. I wrote 15 episodes(Between working other jobs)and just released Ep 2! AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6277/iama-stop-motion-animator-that-has-spent-the-last Hi reddit! Sam Barnett/headorface here. I released Operator as a standalone short in 2013 and got much more recognition than I ever anticipated. I got inspired to make more and spent the next two years(between working other jobs) writing 14 new episodes. I got interest from a major studio to make it as a feature but it didn’t pan out. I considered working with a smaller horror production company that wanted to make it as a webseries but it wasn’t a good fit. After two years developing the series I decided to stop waiting for permission from studios and launched a successful kickstarter campaign to make episode 2 which we just released!

Episode 1 Episode 2

If you are interested in seeing more behind the scenes stuff or want to support the series here is a Kickstarter to fund episode 3

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/0qcP2HO.jpg

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Thu, 03 Aug 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I've got a rare genetic condition (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) that causes crazy flexible joints, frequent dislocations, and a bunch of other not fun and crazy stuff, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6190/ive-got-a-rare-genetic-condition-ehlers-danlos Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

Replies will be tagged "-SB"

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5hl527hphg6z.jpg

And that's it, all! Thanks for joining us for another great AMA. For more Reddit happenings from The Dallas Morning News, be sure to follow us at u/dallasmorningnews

And if you want to keep up with Steve, follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his Real Estate Newsletter.

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Sun, 02 Jul 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitLIVE! I'm Scott Schoettes, 1 of 6 members of PACHA who resigned because this admin doesn't care about HIV/AIDS. http://www.topiama.com/r/6185/live-im-scott-schoettes-1-of-6-members-of-pacha Hi, I'm Steve Brown, the real estate editor of The Dallas Morning News. I've covered the beat in North Texas since 1980, following the fall and meteoric rise of one of the most vibrant housing markets in the country.

I'm also the 2017 chair of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, who met a few weeks ago for our annual conference in Las Vegas. Ask me anything!

Replies will be tagged "-SB"

Proof: https://i.redd.it/5hl527hphg6z.jpg

And that's it, all! Thanks for joining us for another great AMA. For more Reddit happenings from The Dallas Morning News, be sure to follow us at u/dallasmorningnews

And if you want to keep up with Steve, follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his Real Estate Newsletter.

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
I go under /u/nicgentile I build underground ISPs, CDNs and Data Centres in Africa that are censorship free. AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/6183/i-go-under-unicgentile-i-build-underground-isps I obviously can't share my real name, cause of the fuzz, but I build underground ISPs, CDNs, and Data Centres in Africa. We connect the unconnected, those who are not deemed financially viable by governments or operators, guys looking for a peaceful place to watch HD content cause they don't have access or can't afford video services like Netflix etc, that is censorship free. I recently posted my project on /r/homelab, and added bits more today and many people asked me to come do an AMA, so lets do this thing. Ask me anything.

P.S. Be mindful of what you say (not ask, you can ask anything), in my world, bad things happen to people like me who are basically rebellious. The monster is real here and I've already been nicked twice for this thing. Thanks.

Proof - http://imgur.com/v1Q1cFi

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Wed, 28 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] James Murphy and all of LCD Soundsystem http://www.topiama.com/r/6186/ama-request-james-murphy-and-all-of-lcd Greetings reddit universe!

This is my second time doing an AMA, very glad to be back! I've been deep in the labs working on a zillion tunes and gearing up for the madness of summer festival season… I’ve been preparing both ends of the spectrum: left-field freestyle events, as well as massive anthems for full power broadcast, and now i'm hitting the road full steam and launching into GO MODE :) figured i'd catch up here first: what's on your mind?

**Proof! https://twitter.com/bassnectar/status/880131777649549313

UPDATE: Thanks so much for joining this experience! I'm signing off now, I'll see you guys soon :)

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Tue, 27 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
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! http://www.topiama.com/r/6143/were-the-carter-center-and-were-competing-in 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:

https://www.macfound.org/programs/100change/

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:

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-profile/carter-center/

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-perspectives/community-volunteers-key-river-blindness-strategy/

*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.

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/mq8Or

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.

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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. http://www.topiama.com/r/6039/iama-writer-who-went-deaf-as-an-adult-then-twelve 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: http://imgur.com/a/ULV8Q Sound is available at all good UK bookshops & online. https://www.waterstones.com/book/sound/bella-bathurst/9781781257753

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.

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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! http://www.topiama.com/r/5989/iama-jimmy-wales-from-wikipedia-and-as-of-this My short bio: Hi I'm Jimmy Wales, and this week I launched a crowdfunding campaign at http://www.wikitribune.com/ 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: https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/857574353315213314

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

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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! http://www.topiama.com/r/5999/hi-im-rachel-b-tiven-ceo-of-lambda-legal-the 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!

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/h5JdK

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.

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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. http://www.topiama.com/r/5924/we-live-in-rural-uganda-and-each-received-1000-no 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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EDIT: We've wrapped up for now. Feel free to shoot us any further quesitons at info@givedirectly.org

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT