Here’s how to help your local arts groups

If you can type, you can vote to help United Arts of Central Florida win one of those big-deal grants — $500,000, to be exact — from Chase Community Giving.

Half a million dollars would go a long way to help Central Florida’s arts groups. So vote now. It’s easy if you just follow these instructions:

Go to Facebook. In the “search” window on top, look for Chase Community Giving. When you find the Chase page that is marked “community,” go to it and “like” it.

Then on the Chase page, along the top there’s a row of buttons, and one says “Find charities.” Type in “United Arts of Central Florida” and hit “search.” When that page comes up, just vote for it. That’s all you have to do — and it doesn’t cost you a thing.

But do it. The competition is stiff because every other nonprofit across the country wants half a million dollars too. Here’s a little more info from United Arts.

United Arts of Central Florida is competing with charities nationwide for contributions ranging from $20,000 to $500,000 through the Chase Community Giving program. Central Florida residents can help ensure United Arts’ success through a simple voting system on Chase Community Giving program’s Facebook page starting April 21, 2011 and continuing through May 18, 2011.

Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $10 million toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. The program will continue this spring – giving 200 additional charities, including United Arts, the opportunity to win grants to further their mission.

“United Arts is constantly striving to strengthen our community by supporting local artists and the community-based organizations that present and produce them,” said Margot H. Knight, President & CEO of United Arts of Central Florida. “Receiving any amount of money from Chase would be an unbelievable opportunity to ensure that the arts stay strong in Central Florida.”

The spring 2011 round of the Chase Community Giving program is designed to benefit smaller and local charities by being limited to 501(c)(3) charities with operating budgets between $1 and $10 million. During this round, the Top 100 eligible charities with the most votes receive $25,000. During Round two, the top eligible charity receives $500,000 and the remaining 99 top charities earn awards between $20,000 and $500,000. More than $5 million in total will be distributed to top vote-getters. With your help, United Arts has the opportunity to acquire much-needed resources to help support our many local arts and cultural organizations.

How You Can Help

Help United Arts win up to $500,000 by “liking” the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving, and casting your vote for United Arts of Central Florida (find us under “Search For Charities”).

About United Arts

United Arts of Central Florida is a dynamic collaboration of 135 businesses, 8 governments and school districts, 33 foundations, more than 50 arts and cultural organizations, and 2,873 artists and individuals. This partnership works to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $112 million in local cultural organizations and cultural education. For more information please visit www.UnitedArts.cc.

About Chase Community Giving

Chase Community Giving is grant program inspiring a new way of corporate philanthropy by letting participants vote to help determine which small and local nonprofits will receive donations from Chase’s philanthropy funds. The program is giving away over $10 million in grants to charities nationwide, with focuses ranging from primary or secondary education, youth development healthcare, housing, community development, environmental issues, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.

One response to “Here’s how to help your local arts groups

  1. I tried to vote and I have to like the site before I vote and I cannot find the like button….

    arg.