Two “Wrongs” Making a Right

For those who think that banks and Facebook are evil, I have news for you… evil+evil=doing some good. At least in the case of Chase Community Giving, which is only available on Facebook!

It can be incredibly powerful when your vote has a local impact. Chase is giving away $5 million to various charities and needs you to help pick which ones. Simply vote for your favorite nonprofit and then get friends and others on Facebook to do the same. Give your charity the recognition it deserves and needs with Chase Community Giving.

Interesting, no? I mean, being on Facebook can’t be ALL time wasting can it? The program allows people to help charities with no financial outlay by giving everyone who installs the app a whopping 20 votes. I haven’t even used all of mine yet!

The distribution is interesting too:

More than 500 nonprofits with an operating budget of $10 million or less will be eligible. The charity receiving the most votes will be awarded $1 million, the top five runners-up will receive $100,000 each, and the 100 finalists, including the top winners, will be awarded $25,000 each.

And, in case you’re starting to wonder if this has anything to do with racing, it does. There are plenty of racing charities vying for part of that $5 million dollars, and they need your help. As I clicked around the other night trying to find them all (not as easy as it seems) I noticed that plenty of the charities listed below only had a few votes and in some cases I was the first person to vote! That’s not too promising considering that I’ve seen a couple with votes in the hundreds (one of them being Old Friends!).

So, for those of you Facebook this is a no brainer… get clicking! And for those of you not on Facebook, now’s your chance to join with the clear conscious that only helping a charity can provide.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this list is not all inclusive, so please leave a comment with a link if you know of any I missed! There’s no browsing mechanism so I was just searching on terms like “thorougbred”, “racehorse” “jockey” “backstretch” etc to see what I could find. While not specifically racing related, I also gave one of my votes to Wikimedia, aka Wikipedia as without Wikipedia I would know a lot less about racing and it’s history.

So, here’s the list… the name of charity links to the page in Facebook to vote for it. I’ve also included a link to the charity’s website where available. If you have a racing charity and are not yet participating, get over and sign up! And then let me know about it so I can add it here.

AC4H

website

Backstretch Clubhouse

more info

Backstretch Education Fund Inc

website

Backstretch Employee Service Team Of New York Inc (BEST)

website

CANTER (IL)

website

CANTER (OH)

website

CANTER (MI)

website

CANTER (NE)

website

CANTER (PA)

website

Disabled Jockey Endowment

Don Macbeth Memorial Jockey Fund

website

Exceller Fund

website

Florida Thoroughbred Charities Inc

website

Friends of Ferdinand

website

Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation

website

Illinois Equine Humane Center

website

New England Thoroughbred Retirement Center

website

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption

website

Old Friends

website

Permanently Disabled Jockey’s Fund

website

Racehorse Redemption Inc

more info

ReRun

website

Thoroughbred Charities of America

website

Thoroughbred Rehab Center

more info

Thoroughbred Retirement Center

website

Washington Thoroughbred Foundation

more info

6 thoughts on “Two “Wrongs” Making a Right

  1. Kevin Cline

    Just a few more for you

    The Tony Stewart Foundation- Big Supporter of Friends of Ferdinand and Tony’s Ex-Racers (10 horses he sponsored last fall)

    http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/560606

    South Florida SPCA-Not racing but equine related, with the problems of horse slaughter this year, they need a boost.

    http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/889998

    Thanks for spreading the word! I have seen this article posted twice on my wall on Facebook already!

  2. Angela

    Oh, and there’s LOPE (Lonestar Outreach to Place Ex-racers) in Texas! http://www.lopetx.org

    Lynn just had a great book come out with all proceeds going back to the organization!

  3. Erin Thompson

    So happy to see Friends of Ferdinand included on your wonderful list of equally worthy charities. I feel fortunate to be involved in such a professionally-run organization. Retraining is key to the mission of OTTB placement in second careers, and Friends of Ferdinand gets these horses retrained professionally and puts them in the show ring. There are no other TB charities dedicated solely to the horse populations of Indiana’s two racetracks.

    We are very fortunate to have had a lot of help from the Tony Stewart Foundation. Theirs is a wonderful agency of giving, and each happy, thriving Tony’s Ex-Racer in the program and graduate is a testament to that!

  4. Ernie Munick

    Wow! I can vouch for three amazing women on the page: Erin, Teresa and Dana (Green but Game)!!

    Great post.

    Kevin and Angela – I will vouch for you too if and when we meet!!

    I absolutely cannot vouch for the commenter.

  5. LindaVA

    Thanks for posting this list! I still have a bunch of votes left to use up.

    Our Mims Retirement Haven for retired broodmares is also on the Facebook link! A very deserving charity too!

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