JPMorgan Chase has announced the recipients of the first-ever American Giving Awards, a televised celebrity tribute event which aired last Sunday on NBC.
Florida-based To Write Love on Her Arms, which works to assist people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide, was awarded the $1 million top prize. Four runners-up will receive a portion of the remaining $1 million; they are New York City-based Let's Get Ready ($500,000); the Matthew Shepard Foundation in Casper, Wyoming ($250,000); the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation in Moorestown, New Jersey ($125,000); and Move for Hunger in Neptune, New Jersey ($125,000).
Presented by Chase, Dick Clark Productions, and Intersport, the AGAs were developed to complement Chase's charitable giving program, which awards more than $150 million each year. Through the program, five charities were selected to receive grants based on the number of online votes they received from the bank's 3.3 million Facebook fans and online customers.
"The American Giving Awards was a terrific way to honor outstanding charitable work and to celebrate the spirit of giving that Chase supports in communities around the world," said JPMorgan Chase Foundation president Kimberly Davis. "We look forward to continuing the successful partnership with [our] Chase Community Giving fans on Facebook."