October 7, 2010

Chase Community Giving Advisory Board Names 17 Additional Charities to Receive Grants

CCG Advisory Board distributes more than $500,000 to additional charities

NEW YORK -October 7, 2010- The Chase Community Giving Advisory Board today announced a final list of 17 additional small and local charities to share a portion of more than $500,000 in grants, receiving $30,000 each. The Chase Community Giving Advisory Board, a panel of individuals from a diverse range of philanthropic backgrounds, includes Emmy-nominated actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria; NBA Hall of Famer and philanthropist David Robinson; Ben Keesey, Executive Director and CEO of Invisible Children, Inc.; Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook; and JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis.

The Advisory Board met in September to determine additional recipients and selected charities serving a range of public needs, such as building wells in rural Africa, mentoring fatherless boys, providing healthcare to impoverished communities and many other causes. The Board also focused on providing funding to several organizations that promote and facilitate volunteerism and public service, which they believe will make an even broader impact.

"We are extremely appreciative of the Advisory Board for once again coming together and dedicating time to award these grants to worthy charities," Kimberly Davis, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, said. "Their support and commitment to our program greatly enhances our efforts and more charities benefit."

This summer's Chase Community Giving program provided an opportunity for small and local organizations to build awareness for their causes on the Facebook platform, which has more than 500 million users, globally. It allows individuals to help direct where the Chase donations should go, through the power of crowdsourcing. The Advisory Board selection concludes the summer program.

"The philanthropic need in our country is great and Chase Community Giving gives so many deserving charities the opportunity to access much-needed funding," said Eva Longoria, founder of Eva's Heroes. "Chase's generosity will help smaller organizations through a challenging economic season, creating a greater impact because it doubled the number of organizations who can receive grants."

The Board selected 17 charities to receive $30,000 each:

  • A Spring Of Hope Inc., of Coconut Creek, FL, builds wells in rural African schools to improve community health conditions and promote education;

  • Ashraya Initiative For Children of Ithaca, NY, provides education opportunities to impoverished children in Pune, India;

  • Barrel Of Monkeys Production of Chicago, IL, teaches creative writing workshops in Chicago Public Schools that are then turned into performances for students;

  • Develop Africa Inc., of Johnson City, TN, facilitates sustainable development in Africa through education, resource development, investment training and strategic empowerment;

  • Foundation For Amigos De Las Americas of Houston, TX, supports the youth leadership and sustainable development work of Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) in Latin American communities;

  • Friendship Circle Sb Inc., of Redondo Beach, Cal., addresses the challenges for families of children with special needs by pairing up teenagers with the children for a full range of programs;

  • Gracehaven Home Inc., of Dublin, Ohio, provides shelter and rehabilitation nationally to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and raises awareness among young women about the issue of domestic sex trafficking;

  • Mommies Network of Monroe, NC, organizes support groups for mothers nationally;

  • Lespwa Worldwide Inc of Ponte Vedra, FL, builds and operates orphanages in Haiti;

  • Little Helping Hands of Austin, TX, fosters community service in early childhood through volunteer programs to build stronger communities for future generations;

  • Mentoring Project of Portland, OR, inspires and equips faith communities nationally to mentor fatherless boys in America;

  • Move For Hunger Inc of Neptune, NJ, asks those who are selling their homes and relocating to donate unopened food and then distribute to national food banks;

  • Taking Back Lives Inc., of Bradenton, FL, empowers youth to positively impact the world through educational opportunities in Malawi, Africa;

  • Talk About Curing Autism of Costa Mesa, CA provides information, resources, and support nationally to families affected by autism and connects families and the professionals who can help them;

  • The Water Project, Inc. of Charlotte, NC, provides access to clean drinking water in under-developed communities in Africa and India;

  • Women's World Health Initiative of Salt Lake City, UT, provides women in Senegal, Africa and other vulnerable populations access to basic healthcare and means to contribute to their own well being; and

  • Worlds Apart One Heart Inc., of Greensboro, NC, provides access to healthcare and education to impoverished people in Manila, Philippines.

The Advisory Board announcement is part of Chase Community Giving's $5 million donation in grants from Chase to small and local charities through the Chase Community Giving program on the Facebook platform. This summer's winning charities are using the funding to support their causes such as helping families affected by autism; elevating standards for animal treatment; supporting families of kids with food allergies; and providing clothing donations to underserved children, among many other worthy causes. More than 200 winners from 34 states and Washington, D.C., were selected in July.

In January, Chase Community Giving fans selected top vote-getter Invisible Children, a San Diego-based charity focused on returning child soldiers in Africa to school, to receive a $1 million grant in the final round of Chase Community Giving. Ben Keesey, CEO of Invisible Children, Inc., served on the Advisory Board this time and offered his expertise in crowd-source philanthropy.

"It's exciting to be a part of such an impactful initiative that engages the philanthropic community and gives people a voice by voting for charities that mean the most to them," Keesey said. "Chase Community Giving's emphasis on putting the power to support a favorite charity in the hands of citizens is something I was honored to participate in as a charity and now as a member of the Advisory Board."

In July, participants of the Chase Community Giving program selected the Harry Potter Alliance based in Somerville, Mass., to receive a $250,000 grant from Chase. The charity uses popular culture to inspire young people across the world to become civically engaged.

The number of Chase Community Giving participants grew by more than 730,000 in the summer program, with more than 2.5 million fans that were able to choose from 500,000 of their favorite small and local charities and to vote for them to win a share of $5 million. Launched on June 9, this was the second Chase Community Giving program and was more focused on smaller, local charities. To be eligible for the program, charities had to be a registered 501©(3) public nonprofit, have annual operating expenses of $1 million or less, and meet other requirements as described in the program's rules. Like the previous round, the $5 million to be granted in Chase Community Giving is in addition to the bank's regular philanthropic giving. JPMorgan Chase donates more than $100 million annually to charitable organizations globally in support of public education, affordable housing and community revitalization efforts.

For more information on the program and a full list of 200 winners, please visit http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving.

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