HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Foundation for Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS) is one of 17 charities to receive a $30,000 grant from Chase Community Giving. These most recent recipients were chosen by the Chase Community Giving Advisory Board, a panel which includes Emmy-nominated actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria Parker; NBA Hall of Famer and philanthropist David Robinson; Ben Keesey, Executive Director and CEO of Invisible Children, Inc.; Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Global Communications and Public Policy at Facebook; and JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis.
According to Chase, the Advisory Board selected charities serving a range of public needs, such as building wells in rural Africa, mentoring fatherless boys, providing healthcare to impoverished communities and many other causes. The Board also focused on providing funding to several organizations that promote and facilitate volunteerism and public service, which they believe will make an even broader impact.
This grant comes in addition to a $20,000 grant awarded to the Foundation earlier in the summer from Chase Community Giving. The earlier grant was received through the Chase Community Giving Summer program in which over 2.5 million people became fans of the program, many of whom voted to give their favorite charities a chance to win a share of $5 million.
"We were so pleased to see the AMIGOS community come together to rally around this challenge," Steve Cook, President of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for AMIGOS, said. "When we received the first grant, we were proud to be in the top 200 of over 500,000 charities, but when we were chosen as one of the top 17 to receive the second grant, we were amazed and flattered."
The Foundation for Amigos de las Americas supports the youth leadership and community development work of the non-profit by the same name. AMIGOS empowers teenagers and young adults to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural awareness through training and community service in Latin America. During their summer in Latin America, the young Volunteers collaborate with their host community to identify and carry out community-based projects. Some of the money from these grants will be used to fund these special community projects such as the installation of a water pipeline, the construction of school bathrooms, or the establishment of a farmer's market.
To be eligible for this Chase Community Giving program, charities had to be a registered 501(c)(3) public nonprofit, have annual operating expenses of $1 million or less, and meet other requirements as described in the program's rules. Like the previous program, the $5 million to be granted in Chase Community Giving is in addition to the bank's regular philanthropic giving. JPMorgan Chase donates more than $100 million annually to charitable organizations globally in support of public education, affordable housing and community revitalization efforts.
For more information on the program and a full list of 200 winners, please visit http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving.
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About The Foundation for Amigos de las Americas
The Foundation for Amigos de las Americas was established in December 2003 as an independent 501 (c)(3) organization to support the youth leadership and sustainable development work of Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS). Working together with AMIGOS alumni, parents, chapters, and Volunteers, the Foundation enables AMIGOS to strengthen the Volunteer experience, enhance relationships with Latin American communities and partner agencies, and expand the reach of the AMIGOS mission: to enhance youth leadership, community development, and multi-cultural awareness. More about the Foundation is available at www.amigosfoundation.org and more about Amigos de las Americas is available at www.amigoslink.org.
SOURCE The Foundation for Amigos de las Americas