Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has announced the launch of its Chase Community Giving Summer 2010 program on Facebook. The program will award a total of more than $5 million to be shared among two hundred charities.

Chase Community Giving is a program that allows users to vote online for the local charities that matter most to them. By participating, users will help Chase direct corporate philanthropy dollars to eligible small and local organizations working in the focus areas of primary and secondary education, youth development, healthcare, housing, community development, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.

The first Chase Community Giving program, held earlier this year, was the most popular corporate philanthropy crowdsourcing campaign of its type. More than two million Facebook users became fans of the program and helped decide which of the more than 500,000 charities that participated should receive a share of $5 million. More than a hundred winners from thirty-one states were selected.

For the summer 2010 program, the number of charities eligible to receive awards has doubled and several new tools have been introduced. Charities will be able to edit their charity profiles and add meaningful media to help tell their stories in the form of videos and photos. In addition, badges, which users earn to indicate their commitment to their community, have been introduced. And a Gift Vote feature that lets users earn the right to give additional votes to a friend has been added.

To underscore the program’s focus on small and local organizations, 501(c)(3) public nonprofits with operating expenses of $1 million or less are eligible to receive funding. The top vote-receiving charities meeting the eligibility and other requirements of the program rules will receive the top grants. The eligible charity with the most votes will receive $250,000; the top four runners-up will receive $100,000 each; and the remaining eligible charities in the top two hundred will each receive $20,000. There will be one round of voting. Voting begins June 15 and ends July 12, 2010.

For more information and program requirements: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/

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A program of Civic Ventures, the Purpose Prize annually provides five awards of $100,000 to people over the age of 60 who are working to address society’s biggest challenges.

To be eligible for the prize, a nominee must be at least 60 years old by the deadline of March 10, 2011,and be a legal resident of the United States (including U.S. territories). Nominees should have initiated important innovations, in a new or ongoing organization, in an encore career. “Encore careers” are those that combine personal meaning and social impact with continued work in the second half of life. Nominees must currently be working in a leadership capacity in an organization or institution (public, private, nonprofit, or for-profit) to address a major social problem in the United States or abroad. Nominees should have demonstrated recent creativity and leadership, with the promise of more to come.

Elected officials are not eligible for the prize. Individuals working in faith-based service organizations that have a broader social mission are eligible and encouraged to apply, but the purpose of their project cannot be strictly religious or sectarian.

Nominations are welcome from any organization or individual with knowledge of a potential candidate. Self-nominations are also accepted.

Visit the Purpose Prize Web site for complete program guidelines.

Ashoka’s Changemakers Strong Communities Competition

Early Entry Deadline: July 14, 2010.
Nomination Deadline, Entry Close: August 11, 2010.

Strong Communities Competition
Community Matters and Ashoka’s Changemakers are partnering to offer the Strong Communities: Engaging Citizens, Strengthening Place, Inspiring Change competition!

Citizens, practitioners and elected officials can enter innovative, replicable, sustainable projects and ideas to steer change and take charge of the future of their communities. We want to hear from an array of voices, and most importantly, we want to create a community of people who come together to celebrate, collaborate and share experiences.

We’re asking people to share their big, crazy, “knock-your-socks-off” ideas, and to inspire us with the transformational projects that are happening in towns and neighborhoods across the country. In particular, we’re looking for interdisciplinary approaches where different people, organizations and fields come together to learn from each other and collectively solve problems by creating a shared vision of a strong community.

We’ll highlight 20 semi-finalists in September, and then invite eight finalists to CommunityMatters’10 to showcase their work. Entries will be judged on innovation, social impact and sustainability. Online voting will begin a week before the conference and live voting will continue during the conference; we’ll announce three winners at the conference closing.

After June 16, you can find us at www.changemakers.com/strongcommunities.

Prizes

Early Entry Prize: The best entry submitted by 5PM EDT, July 14, 2010 will be eligible to win USD $500.

ReTweet Prizes: From June 16, 2010 through August 11, 2010, there will be a drawing every Monday for a ReTweet prize. Any person with a Twitter account that re-tweets a specific message from @CommunityMttrs during the previous week will be automatically entered to win a prize valued at or below USD $20.

Grand Prizes: Three winners will be chosen via online public voting. Each winner will receive a USD $5,000 grand prize.
Timeline

Launch: June 16, 2010

Early Entry Deadline: July 14, 2010

Nomination Deadline, Entry Close: August 11, 2010

Semi-finalists Announced: September 8, 2010

Finalists Announced/Voting Begins: September 22, 2010

Voting Ends: October 7, 2010

Winners Announced: October 8, 2010

About Changemakers
Ashoka’s Changemakers is an initiative of Ashoka, an organization with more than three decades of finding, funding and expanding the work of social entrepreneurs across the globe. It is a global online community of action that connects people to share ideas, inspire and mentor each other, and find and support the best ideas in social innovation. The Changemakers online community builds on this history and expands the Ashoka vision by creating an “Everyone a Changemaker” world through networking, relationship-building, and the sourcing of funding opportunities.

Through its collaborative competitions and open-source process, Changemakers.com has created one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, refining and scaling ideas for solving the world’s most pressing social problems.