Way back in February we asked you guys to share your favorite orgs via our Charity Suggesterator and we promised to use the results for our March donation.
Then Japan got hit with an earthquake and tsunami, so we tabled your recommendations and scrambled to donate $1,000 to Red Cross Disaster Relief, to be used wherever it is needed most. Now that it's April, we've returned to the Suggesterator and tallied the votes.
The smart masses have spoken, and thus we have chosen Autism Speaks for our $1,000 April donation. Apparently our voters could see into the future because it turns out April is National Autism Awareness month. Also: Records and Information Management Month, which is kind of fitting in a geeky way.
Founded in 1995 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism, Autism Speaks advocates the needs of the autistic and their families, increases awareness of austism spectrum disorders, and funds research into causes of and treatments for autism. If you're not the donating sort, Autism Speaks also organizes walks and events all over the US.
Let's just say that as geeks catering to geeks, we're kind of familiar with the spectrum--inside TG and outside--but in the very best of ways. Autism advocacy is a cause near and dear to our hearts so we were glad to see it get so many votes!
As for May, aka Zombie Awareness Month, we've pulled three very different top charities from the Suggesterator for a run off vote. Choose your favorite cause below by April 30th and you'll be entered to win a (randomly selected) $50 ThinkGeek gift certificate. But only vote once--the dedupe-o-bot is on patrol and will delete any double dippers.
UPDATE 5/2/11 1:24pm ET: Voting has closed! We're tabulating the winning charity now and will randomly choose our gift certificate winner shortly. We'll have an new blog post after the winners have been determined.