More Than Me Foundation Wins $1 Million Chase Donation at the Second Annual
American Giving Awards on NBC
Four Runners Up Receive Share in Additional $1 million From Chase
LOS ANGELES -- December 10, 2012
More Than Me Foundation of New Jersey was awarded a $1 million grant from
Chase at the second annual American Giving Awards on NBC. Host Joel McHale was
joined by presenters Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jenna Fisher, Anthony Anderson, Sarah
Hyland and Jenna Elfman to announce the five finalists that were chosen by
Facebook users and Chase online customers.
More Than Me Foundation is committed to help young Liberian girls get off the
street and into the classroom. The charity plans to use the $1 million to help
build a boarding school that will educate 1,000 girls in West Africa. They
expect the school to be sustainable in five years.
“The 2012 AGAs lived up to it’s billing as an emotional and inspiring
evening,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, CFO of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “Our
Facebook fans and customers came together once again to choose five
outstanding charities to receive Chase grants. I am truly humbled by the
amazing work these organizations do every day to make this world a better
Actress Glenn Close was presented with the AGA Leadership Award for her
commitment to raising awareness of mental illness through her charity, Bring
Change 2 Mind. Close, whose sister and nephew live with mental illnesses,
helped start Bring Change 2 Mind to remove stigmas and misconceptions about
In addition to More Than Me Foundation’s $1 million grant, the following four
finalists will share in $1 million in grants from Chase:
*$500,000: Krochet Kids International, a Costa Mesa, Calif.-based
accessories brand working to eradicate poverty through sustainable
economic development programs and unique, one-of-a-kind products.
*$250,000: Timmy Global Health, based in Indianapolis, Ind., which expands
access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle
today’s most pressing global health challenges.
*$125,000: Team Rubicon, a charity based in Inglewood, Calif, that empowers
veterans with a new mission and community through natural disaster and
humanitarian crisis response.
*$125,000: Together We Rise, based in Chino, Calif., whose mission is to
transform the way youth navigate through the foster care system in
The American Giving Awards brought together twenty-five Chase Community Giving
grant recipients for the opportunity to share in the $2 million in grants.
Chase Community Giving Facebook fans and Chase online customers voted from
November 27 – December 4 to decide the five finalists. To see all twenty-five
participants, visit: nbc.com/AmericanGivingAwards or
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase &
Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3
trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50
million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches,
18,000 ATMs, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as
through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is
available at www.chase.com.
About Chase Community Giving
Chase Community Giving leverages the power of social media to decide how some
of Chase’s charitable dollars are allocated. This program was developed by
Chase to complement its charitable giving, which totals over $150 million
annually. Chase Community Giving relies on its more than 3.8 million fans on
Facebook and customers to help decide which local nonprofits receive grants.
Since its inception in 2009, Chase Community Giving has helped direct over $28
million to thousands of charities across the country representing causes such
as building schools in Africa, providing food and shelter to the homeless, and
supporting the performing arts.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Erich Timmerman, 212-622-4080
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