Help the Secular Student Alliance and the Foundation Beyond Belief Win Up to $250,000!

Voting starts today for the Chase Community Giving Program. What is that, exactly?

It’s a giving program that gives out five million dollars in grants to different non-profit organizations based on how many votes they have — you get to choose what you think are the worthiest causes to donate to. They make sure that all the charities are eligible nominees before voting starts. Voting runs until September 19th. After that, grants will be awarded by Chase in the following manner:

  • $250,000 goes to the top vote-getter
  • $100,000 to the next ten runner-ups
  • $50,000 to the next 35 runner-ups
  • $20,000 to the next 50 runner-ups
  • $10,000 to the next 100 runner-ups

Luckily, two of our favorite organizations have been nominated for it! Hooray!

Yep, that’s right! There’s a chance that the Secular Student Alliance AND Foundation Beyond Belief could both get grants — maybe even first and second, but they need our help!

(Wait, but don’t I only get one vote? There are two awesome charities… Which one do I pick, OH NO?!)

Actually, everyone will automatically get two votes to use on Facebook. You can’t use them both on the same charity — so isn’t it great that there are already two awesome ones picked out for you? :)

So, if you want to vote for the Secular Student Alliance, go here. If you want to vote for the Foundation Beyond Belief, go here. Cast your votes!

But wait, there’s more!

You have an opportunity to earn an extra vote. Share a link from the Chase Community Giving app on your Facebook account and, if one of your friends links back to the app and casts a vote of their own, then you’ll earn an extra vote! You can use your extra vote on one of the two charities you already voted for, so it’s twice the impact.

Also, if you’re a Chase customer, you can get an additional two extra votes (which means you could vote twice for one and three times for another — neat!) — Just make sure to claim them here!

This is the easiest way to make a huge difference. Tell your friends, Tweet about it, blog about it, do whatever it takes to get the word out. It’s probably the most important vote (or five) you’ll make until November!

(And Reddit Atheism, you better get on this!)

About Kelley Freeman

Kelley is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina. She is a former president of the Secular Student Alliance at the University of South Carolina and a former intern for both SSA and Foundation Beyond Belief. Kelley is also a board member for both Camp Quest South Carolina and the Carolinas Secular Association, a Volunteer Network Coordinator for the southeastern region for the SSA, runs a vlog series called Secular Start Up, sometimes does stand up comedy and can crochet like a fiend. She's on her way to becoming a Jane of All Trades. Follow her on twitter @ramenneedles