To the patient & advocate community:
Congratulations to all who voted in Round 1 of the Chase Community Giving contest. Both the CFIDS Association of America (CAA) and the Whittemore-Peterson Institute got $25,000 in Round 1!
The CAA placed # 23 and the WPI placed # 5 overall.
NOW the big time has started - the top 100 charities have gone on to Round 2; voting will end May 25; and the payouts are potentially much more. (Up to $500,000 and not less than $20,000 for the 25 charities winning the most votes.*)
NOW it’s very important to vote for these organizations - CAA and WPI. As FrenchTulip posted in the comments below, each person can vote for 5 charities, so voting for both can boost overall funding of much-needed research and services for the chronic illness community - ME/CFS, FM, MCS, Lyme, IBS, HHV-6, PTSD, Gulf War illness, Cancer, and more.
Round 2 voting began May 19, and will end at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, May 25. (You can live anywhere in the world, but you must have a Facebook account to vote. Ask your family and friends to vote too. It’s free money.)
What If You Don't Have a Facebook Account or Didn't Vote in Round 1?
You can vote at the WPI & CAA links below, but first:
1. If you don't have a Facebook account, go to http://www.facebook.com and sign up (it's free). You'll receive a welcome e-mail. Verify your receipt of it by clicking "get started."
2. Then, for new sign-ups and those with accounts who didn't vote in round 1, go to the Chase Community Giving Facebook page (http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving) and simply click on their little thumbs up "like" button at the top.
3. And finally, everyone, go to the WPI and/or CAA links below to vote.
To vote for the CFIDS Association before midnight EST May 25, go to
To vote for Whittemore-Peterson before midnight EST May 25, go to
For more information about the contest and other contestants, go to
* HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE? The Chase Community Giving Advisory Board will be granting amounts totaling $2.5 million to select charities in the Top 100, as follows.
• The eligible charity receiving the most votes will be awarded $500,000
• The second place winner will be awarded $400,000
• The third place winner will be awarded $300,000
• Vote-getters in 4th and 5th places will be awarded $200,000 each
• 6th through 10th place charities will be awarded $100,000 each
• Winners in 11th through 15th place will be awarded $40,000 each
• The remaining 10 charities will be awarded $20,000 each
• The Advisory Board will grant $200,000 to a charity in the Top 100 based on their Big Idea
• At the Advisory Board’s discretion, $300,000 will be distributed in varying amounts among other selected charities in the Top 100
So, Ladies and Gentlemen, Get Out There and Vote Money for Research!