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Chase Kicks Off Community Giving Campaign

Grassroots nonprofit organizations throughout the US will have a chance to compete for a share of $5 million in the Chase Community Giving campaign which kicks off in mid-June. Facebook users will vote for their favorite local charities with budgets under $1 million, who are focused in the following areas: primary and secondary education, youth development, healthcare, housing, community development, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare. Chase is repeating the campaign, in which they awarded $5 million to 100 charities in October 2009; the Community Giving funds are separate from its ongoing corporate philanthropy.

Although the voting starts June 15, Facebook users can begin browsing charities’ profile pages now and share them with friends in preparation for the campaign. The voting for the top 200 charities will close on July 12, 2010.

  • The eligible charity receiving the most votes will be awarded $250,000
  • The four runners-up will be awarded $100,000 each
  • The next 195 charities will be awarded $20,000 each
  • Additionally, a special Advisory Board will allocate an additional $500,000 to be shared among its chosen eligible charities receiving at least one vote.

Each participant can allocate 20 votes, but use only one vote per charity. An exception to that involves a Gift Vote, which is awarded to someone who’s voted, but must be “gifted” to a friend, who can then award it to a charity they’ve already voted for. If it sounds like it’s getting complicated, we’d better turn you over to the FAQ. We’re sure you’ll figure it out in no time.

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