For that reason, I am participating in the Chase Community Giving project on Facebook. The programme is run by Chase and allows Facebook users to vote for local charities and non-profits, and help direct Chase corporate philanthropy dollars to eligible organizations in the following focus areas: education, healthcare, housing, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.
The eligible charity receiving the most votes will be awarded $1 million, the top five runners-up will receive $100,000 each and the 100 finalists, including the top winners, will be awarded $25,000 each. Additionally, a special Advisory Board led by prominent national philanthropists will allocate $1 million to the nominated charities of its choice. Voting for Round 1 ends December 11. Voting for Round 2 ends January 22, 2010 and the top charities will be announced on or around February 1.
I am voting for The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF). TPRF funded 23 humanitarian grants in 2007, focusing on the primary needs of nutritious food and clean water in partnership with other nonprofit organizations. In addition, TPRF continued to fund eye clinics in rural areas of India that provide eye exams and corrective lenses at no charge to people who could not otherwise afford them, and for a program called "Food for People" that provides over 100,000 nutritious hot meals annually at a clean, modern, permanent facility in Bantoli, India. You can see more about the Food for People programme in the short video below - Spark Of Hope.
To vote for the Foundation, just click on this link below. You will be asked to become a fan of Chase Community Giving on Facebook and then taken to the page to vote.