Chase Free Money: VOTING ENDS TODAY, May 25, for WPI & CAA

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 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 ( 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!

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