Tomorrow night, NBC will air the American Giving Awards: A Celebrity Tribute to American Heroes. During the event, Chase will grant $2,000,000 to charities, recognizing five previous Chase Community Giving grant recipients, chosen by their Facebook fans as well as some Chase.com users.
One organization will receive a $1,000,000 grant, followed by four grants in the following amounts: $500,000, $250,000, and two grants of $125,000. The organizations being honored are Let’s Get Ready, Mathew Shepard Foundation, Move for Hunger, Wish Upon a Hero and To Write Hunger on Her Arm.
Bob Costas will host the awards show and will feature appearances from celebs like Miley Cyrus, J.R. Martinez, Colin Farrell (yum), will.i.am, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family. I’m not sure of the exact format for the show but I’m sure that it’s going to be filled with some inspiring stories about some community groups that are truly doing some amazing work. The show airs tomorrow night starting at 8p/7p ET. If you’re planning to watch and tweet, I believe the hashtag is #GivingAwards. At least, that’s what they are using on the Chase Giving Twitter page.
Since 2009, Chase Community Giving has used their Facebook community to crowd-source and award over $18 million in grants to 500 charities. While this doesn’t necessarily make me feel 100% better about getting taxed to use their ATMs, it does take some of the sting away…I guess.
Anyways, I’ll be watching and tweeting about the awards tomorrow night and can’t wait to learn more about each of the grantees!