Arete competing to receive $250,000 from Chase Community Giving

Area residents can make a huge impact by voting on Facebook


Dacula, GA (August 31, 2012) – Arete Scholars Fund, a nonprofit working to expand educational opportunities for low-income Georgia students, is competing with organizations nationwide for grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 from the Chase Community Giving program. Residents can help ensure our success by simply voting for Arete Scholars Fund through the Chase Community Giving program on Facebook. Voting begins on Thursday, September 6th.

Through the utilization of social media networks, the Chase Community Giving program has already directed more than $20 million dollars toward charities nationwide, putting the power to bring positive change across the nation into the hands of those who need it most. Due to enthusiasm, the program is being continued this year, giving hundreds of additional organizations, including Arete Scholars Fund, the opportunity to win grants to advance their mission.

"Arete Scholars Fund is constantly striving to strengthen our community by serving those children who face the greatest obstacles to lifetime achievement," said Derek Monjure, executive director at Arete Scholars Fund. "Even $10,000 would help open doors for children who otherwise may never enjoy the opportunities that an excellent education affords."

The Fall 2012 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 under $10 million. The top eligible charity receives $250,000 and the remaining 195 top charities earn $10,000 through $100,000 awards, for a total of $5 million dollars in grants.

With the support of our volunteers, fans and local residents, Arete Scholars Fund has the opportunity to get much needed resources to serve other deserving students.

"Some groups of people don't advance because they know only one way of life for generations," said Rene Harris, mother to two Arete Scholars. "But thanks to Arete, my family has the opportunity to change that cycle."

How You Can Help

You can help Arete Scholars Fund receive up to $250,000 by simply visiting Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and casting your vote! Then share with your friends and encourage them to vote as well. Voting will be open from September 6-19, 2012.

If you have questions about Arete Scholars Fund or would like to get involved, please contact Buck Alford at balford@aretescholars.org or call 404.202.0984.

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 non profits will receive donations from Chase. The program has given away over $20 million in grants to charities nationwide, with focuses including animals & environment; education; health; military & veterans; poverty; and the arts. To learn more about the program, visit Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving.