This month the top 25 organizations for 2012 went to Los Angeles for a star studded event. The (blue) red carpet was rolled out, lights blazed and paparazzi usually reserved for celebrities was everywhere. Perhaps even more exciting was knowing NBC was televising the entire event for prime time viewing the following evening. It’s energizing and gratifying to see network executives make a commitment to share charitable organizations with the world.
Votes were gathered from Facebook fans and Chase customers all over the country. Musicians like Darius Rucker, Lifehouse and Randy Travis entertained a packed house at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Celebrity presenters led by host Joel McHale gathered to give awards. The ever-luminous Glenn Close received special honor for her work on de-stigmatizing mental illness.
“Until she has a voice, we will lift ours on behalf of her”
~ Katie Meyler, MoreThanMe.org Founder
Winning organization More Than Me, was ecstatic with the news of their win. The $1 million grant means more girls off the streets of Liberia, West Africa, and in school getting an education. Through that education, lives, families and communities are being changed. A young Liberian girl named Abigail inspired a viral social media campaign “I am Abigail” to remind us all how connected we are, and that but for opportunities of birth and knowledge, we are all the same.
Meet the other organizations honored with grants from Chase on the big night. We’ll be sharing more from them in 2013.
- Together We Rise ~ $125,000
- Team Rubicon ~ $125,000
- Timmy Global Health ~ $250,000
- Krochet Kids International ~ $500,000
Together We Rise makes life better for kids in the US foster care system. Team Rubicon mobilizes veterans in mass disaster response activations, most recently during Superstorm Sandy. Timmy Global Health engages medical students in volunteer work and change leadership in the world’s most needy places. And Krochet Kids International helps women in the developing world create business opportunities through their handiwork to become self-sustaining – something that is integral to all we do here at the Million Moms Challenge.
The stars and the musicians and the cameras went home. But the transformative work of these organizations and so many others goes on. It is always profound and inspiring to see what a few good people who come together can do.
The Million Moms Challenge were guests of Chase Community Giving. We thank them for their warmth and hospitality, and for creating such an extraordinary event. You can follow @ChaseGiving on Twitter, like them on Facebook and start thinking about what deserving organization you want to nominate for 2013!