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Facebook users can help Chase find small charities

Posted on: November 19, 2009


By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK – JPMorgan Chase is letting Facebook users help decide how to give away $5 million. The idea is to get small, local charities on Chase’s radar — ones that don’t have the operating budget to go around asking for grants but do a lot of good work in their communities.

The “Chase Community Giving” program will let Facebook users choose from more than half a million charities that have an operating budget of less than $10 million apiece. The 100 charities getting the most votes by Dec. 11 will each receive $25,000 from Chase.

In the program’s second round, one of the 100 will get a grant of $1 million, determined by a Facebook vote that begins Jan. 15. Five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. In addition, an advisory board will award $1 million to nominated charities of its choice.

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