Sunday, December 6, 2009

Help NYC Theatres via the Chase Community Giving Program

You've almost certainly already heard about the charitable giving program that Chase is conducting through Facebook. The basic concept is that individual Facebook members can vote for their favorite organizations, and the top vote-getters will receive $25,000 grants from Chase.

The link is here--it requires you to be a Facebook member to use, as well as to allow access to this charity application to some of your personal data:

I've personally been asked to vote for a number of very worthy theatre groups who are vying for this funding. If you're on Facebook and open to using this application, I urge you to show support for the nonprofit theatre community in NYC by voting for one or more of these deserving companies.

I got a lovely note from Elena K. Holy of the Present Company/New York International Fringe Festival about this opportunity earlier today. Elena says that the Present Company seems to really be in the running to receive this grant! As she says:

If we were to get this $25,000, it might mean that we could keep our ticket price at $15 for another year....This Chase campaign, as you know, is limited to organizations with a budget of $10 Million dollars or less. Despite the fact that we're on the tiny end of the spectrum (as to staff size as well as budget) we seem to be competitive.

Right now:

Invisible Children = 5374 Votes

Tony Stewart Foundation = 555 Votes

Present Theatre Company = 485 Votes

Quite frankly, for our organization to be doing so well, is amazing. All of the above organizations, and all of our peer organizations, are incredibly worthy.

I would love to see The Present Company get one of these grants because the work they do in turn supports 200 indie theater companies every year; I would love to see all of the winners come from our NYC indie theater community, though that's not terribly likely to happen! You can vote for up to 20 different organizations. I hope you will vote for The Present Company and for many other theatre organizations whose work you love.

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