Facebook Votes Sought in Giveaway
THE CHARITABLE-GIVING ARM of JPMorgan Chase plans to do- nate $5-million to small and local nonprofit organizations chosen through the Facebook social-networking site.
Through December 11, visitors to the site can vote for charities
with operating budgets of $10-million or less that work in the areas of education, health care, housing, the environment, hunger,
arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.
The 100 groups that receive the most votes will each receive
$25,000. To compete for the grand prize, they will then have to
submit a proposal describing how they would use the money.
The charity that receives the most votes in the second round,
January 15-22, will receive $1-million. The five organizations
with the next-highest vote tallies will receive $100,000 each.
In addition, an advisory board assembled for the competition
will allocate a total of $1-million to its picks from the nominated
TO GET THERE: Go to http://facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving.
Housing Groups Get Software Help
American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities The fund-raising arm of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has
(Memphis) eliminated 70 jobs, approximately 6 percent of its 1,175 employees.
The Connecticut blood-services branch of the organization has
laid off 22 of its 400 employees.
The theater has canceled the remainder of its inaugural season.
The Bronx social-services organization has laid off 92 employees
and is closing its foster-care program.
Healthwise (Boise, Idaho) The consumer-health database and publishing organization plans
to lay off 15 of its 222 employees, but has created three new positions.
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations The organization has laid off six of its 27 staff members. In
(Baltimore) February the group imposed furloughs and reduced employee
The organization is closing.
The opera company has frozen the salaries of its employees and
suspended contributions to its retirement plan.
Ray of Hope (Cumberland, Md.) The human-services organization has implemented 5-percent sal-
ary reductions for all 110 employees, and is leaving unfilled one
American Red Cross, Connecticut Blood
Services Region (Farmington)
Devon Theater (Philadelphia)
Family Support Systems Unlimited (New York)
Metrolina AIDS Project (Charlotte, N.C.)
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
—Compiled by Maria Di Mento
OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY is holding back housing organiza- tions as they try to help borrowers caught in the foreclo- sure crisis apply for loan modifications, say officials at
Neighbor Works America, a national network of more than 240
Some organizations lack simple technology, such as scanning
equipment or the ability to send electronic faxes, that would help
them deal more efficiently with the volume of paperwork involved
in each application, says Jayna Bower, director of the Neighbor-Works Center for Homeownership Education.
“Literally, some clients come in with a grocery bag full of unopened envelopes,” she says. Being able to scan the information,
she says, look at it electronically, and forward it to someone else
would make a big difference in improving the counseling process.
Neighbor Works is offering training and working with a company that provides client-management software to help bridge the
Fortified-Rice Program Wins Award
THE TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION, in San Jose, Calif., has pre- sented its annual awards honoring the creative use of tech- nology to benefit societies around the world.
PATH, an international-aid organization in Seattle, won the
health award for Ultra Rice, manufactured rice grains it developed that are fortified with key vitamins and minerals, such as
iron, zinc, folic acid, and vitamin A. Made from rice flour, the
product does not involve genetic engineering. The manufactured
grains are added to standard rice. Which nutrients are added and
at what levels can be tailored to meet the deficiencies common in
the region where it is distributed.
“Micronutrient malnutrition actually underlies a lot of the diseases that kids get in the developing world,” says Dipika M. Matthias, project director for the Ultra Rice program.
Other nonprofit winners include:
n World of Good Development Organization, in Emeryville, Ca-
lif., which won the equality award for its Fair Wage Guide Soft-
ware, a free online tool producers, buyers, and consumers can use
to make sure that artisans in developing countries receive a fair
price for their crafts.
n The Akshaya Patra Foundation, in Bangalore, India, which
won the education award for a feeding program that uses cus-
tomized kitchen equipment to provide nutritious school lunches
to more than one million poor children, allowing them to stay in
school and improve their academic performance.
Each award carries a $50,000 cash prize.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to http://www.techawards.org.
n Causes has removed from MySpace its popular application
that allows people on social-networking sites to raise money for
charities. The company cited a lack of activity on the site and a
desire to focus its efforts on its Facebook application as reasons
for the decision.
n The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation will accept applications for its third $2-million competition for ideas on
how to transform learning with digital media, starting December
14. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to http://www.dmlcompetition.net.
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