No, Seriously, Why Haven’t You Voted Yet?

As I write this, the Secular Student Alliance, Camp Quest, and Foundation Beyond Belief are all within striking distance of *major* money courtesy of the Chase Community Giving Program.

I’ve voted 5 times so I’m maxed out. Now, we need your help!

I posted this before, but here are the major parts:

Voting runs until September 19th.

The top 46 charities are assured $50,000 or more. (Foundation Beyond Belief is *so* close to that position…)

How can you help?

If you’re on Facebook, you get two votes. If you want to vote for the Secular Student Alliance, go here. If you want to vote for the Foundation Beyond Belief, go here. If you want to vote for Camp Quest, go here.

Hate Facebook? Fine! Vote at Chasegiving.com for FBB, SSA, or CQ!

If you get your friends to vote (using your referral), you’ll get an additional vote!

And if you’re a Chase customer, you can get an additional two votes.

Make this happen before time runs out next week.

This money means so much to these organizations so help them out. It takes a little bit of your time and none of your money.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • allein

    I voted!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/FDGYHBEWVNGUG763L5X4TON3JQ Nazani14

    Perhaps we haven’t voted because one needs a Facebook account to vote.

    • JenL

      Or a Chase account.  

    • Anonymous Atheist

      There are apparently about 163 million Facebook users in the US (about 2/3 of all Internet users in the US), and 20 million Chase customers. For anyone who isn’t in either of those categories and doesn’t want to be, just tell your friends to go vote, because chances are many of them will be Facebook users and some will be Chase customers.

    • TheKevinBates

      it takes like two seconds to make one, don’t be lazy be productive.

  • Anonymous Atheist

    Rules clarification:

    1. People who are not Chase customers, but are Facebook users (or are willing to set up a Facebook account), can vote through Facebook for any 2 charities (and a 3rd if you get someone else to vote through your shared link).
    2. People who are Chase customers can vote through http://www.chasegiving.com/ for any 2 charities WITHOUT needing a Facebook account.
    3. People who are both Chase customers and Facebook users can vote through both chasegiving.com and Facebook.
    4. The votes are per-person only, not per-day, but the sooner you cast your votes the better, because timing of the votes could be used as a tiebreaker.
    5. Please don’t try to use fake Facebook accounts, etc, to get extra votes.

    If you want to follow how our 3 charities are doing, I’m posting the twice-a-day updates in comments at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2012/09/06/help-the-secular-student-alliance-and-the-foundation-beyond-belief-win-up-to-250000/

  • Baby_Raptor

    Done.

  • amycas

    I voted I voted! I can’t vote anymore.

  • Eliza

    I went to chasegiving.com, didn’t have to enter any personal info, got 2 votes.  Was I recognized as a Chase customer without being logged into to my Chase account or having to answer any questions?  If so, that degree of recognition is unsettling!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mehera.dionysius Mehera Danger Darshana Dionysi

      Chase is a fucking bank!  they’re not giving 1% of what they could give.  or else they’d stop being a bank and become an actual charitable organization.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      I’m a Chase customer. When I went to chasegiving.com (which, btw, is just a redirect to a site actually hosted on the chase.com domain) in the browser I use for my online banking, it recognized me automatically. This apparently is using the ‘stale’ cookie from the last time I logged into chase.com – no longer valid for accessing bank account info, but just the presence of any chase.com cookie is accepted for voting. This makes it more convenient for people to vote, but I can see it could seem unsettling – it probably would’ve helped if they’d put a message on the page that said something like “We recognize you’ve logged on to chase.com from this browser recently, and are ready to accept your vote.”

      FYI, when I try going to chasegiving.com in a different browser I haven’t used for online banking (but still on the same computer), now instead of a button to enter the voting site, it has a login form and says “Log on with your Chase online user ID to vote.”

  • Sorry

    I have a FB account and went to vote but I refuse to allow any app that insists on posting to my wall. I will not create an account at any bank (credit union member since 1988). So, good luck, but I ain’t playin.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      I did it on FB and it didn’t post on my wall… I’m sure that’s an option!

    • TheKevinBates

      you can also delete the app once you’ve voted, your votes still count.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=503455155 Noelle Dildine George

      When you allow the app, you can set it so that posts are only visible by you by changing to the ‘Only me’ option, I think it’s in the lower right hand corner. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.scheib Jared Scheib

    Voted with my 4 votes!

  • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

    What disturbs me about these kinds of contests is that they are setting up competition between many worthy causes.  A vote for one cause is essentially a vote against all the others.  The money is going out, it just depends on where.  And I’m not sure ‘where’ should be up for popular vote.  Is Camp Quest more deserving that some charity that helps feed starving kids?  I used my votes on these 3 causes, but I have to admit, it all makes me feel dirty.  CHASE is giving out a few peanuts, and spending more than a few peanuts on marketing, to buy some good will.  And we’re all voting on who’s most worthy of those peanuts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1172876400 Amanda K. Metskas

    Camp Quest is within striking distance of moving up to a $20k grant from $10k.  We’re making a huge push today to get above 96th place.

    Secular Student Alliance is in 44th place, which means they are in danger of dropping from $50k to $20k.  Let’s not let that happen!

    Foundation Beyond Belief is doing great! Solidly in the $20k category.

    Thanks to all who are voting and sharing. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1172876400 Amanda K. Metskas

    Camp Quest is within striking distance of moving up to a $20k grant from $10k.  We’re making a huge push today to get above 96th place.

    Secular Student Alliance is in 44th place, which means they are in danger of dropping from $50k to $20k.  Let’s not let that happen!

    Foundation Beyond Belief is doing great! Solidly in the $20k category.

    Thanks to all who are voting and sharing. :) 


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