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Four Annandale Charities Nominated for Chase Grant Awards

The charities are in the running among thousands of other local charities to win, at most, a $250,000 grant from Chase.

Four Annandale charities are trying to win grant awards through the Chase Community Giving program.

The program was established in 2009 as a way to help support local charities that use less than $10 million in annual operating expenses. This year, Chase customers and employees nominated each 501(c) (3) public charity participating in the voting round back in June and July.

The four Annandale charities are:

  • The Save Lucy Campaign (EIN 27-1775057), which hopes to "awareness of white-nose syndrome and its devastating impact on North American bats" by educating young people and citizens about the syndrome and bat population, according to their website.
  • Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association of the American Youth Philharmonic (EIN 54-1064716), which aims “to foster in our youth a life-long love of music that contributes to the quality of all our lives through musical educations, development, appreciation, and the creation of quality orchestral and other performance opportunities,” according to their mission statement.
  • Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc. (EIN 59-3184919) whose goal is to “raise funds for service, welfare and rehabilitation work in connection with members of the military order of the purple heart,” according to their mission statement.
  • Compassion for Animals, Inc. (EIN 26-3290598), which “works to reduce human-caused harm to animals, primarily through educating people on animal-friendly lifestyles and cultivating empathy and respect for the nonhumans with whom we share the earth,” according to their website.

Voting opened on Sept. 6 and ends on Sept. 19 at 11:59 p.m. The 196 charities with the most votes will share a total of $5 million in grant money.

The charity with the most votes will receive $250,000, but the rest of the award amounts are as follows:

  • Charities 2-11: $100,000 each
  • Charities 12-46: $50,000 each
  • Charities 47-96: $20,000 each
  • Charities 97-196 : $10,000 each

Anyone with a Facebook account automatically gets two votes to use, but both votes cannot go to the same charity. However, extra votes, which can be earned one of two ways, can be used on a charity previously voted for. Voters can receive an extra vote if they share the link to the Chase Community Giving page with their timeline. Voters get a bonus vote if someone on their friend’s list votes and also share the link to the Chase Community Giving page.

Chase customers can vote for charities on Facebook and at www.chase.com/chasegiving.

Old Curmudgeon September 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Warning to voters: The Purple Heart Foundation consistently earns "F" ratings from Charity Watch: http://www.charitywatch.org/articles/mophsf.html and has a long history of fraud, waste and corruption that's been reported by their own members: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2008/08/23/military-order-of-the-purple-heart-national-convention-speech/
Sherell Williams (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Hi, both of the above links are very helpful and I hope our readers read them before voting. Thank you very much for your comment!
Big Time Patriot October 11, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Thanks Old Cumudgeon. I looked at those links. That guy in the veterans today article, Ken Smith, he is a well known fraud in the vet world. He got caught in Boston back in the 90s running scams at a homeless shelter and for making up his army records and he's got a long rap sheet too. hes all over internet looking for money to "help vets". Yeah right.. Best stay away.
Amy December 09, 2012 at 03:08 AM
So very inspiring and left me with many new reasons to gain hope and give thanks

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