Challah for Hunger Wins $20k from Chase

Some of you, dear readers, are “on Facebook” and some of you . . . aren’t. Regardless, congratulations go to Challah for Hunger, a non-profit organization that won $20,000 in the recent Chase Community Giving Facebook contest.

In case you missed how it works (or ignored it when you noticed it), Facebookers who heard about the contest were invited to “Like” Chase Community Giving. That step enabled one to access their application and to vote. Each person had up to 20 votes to cast for whichever non-profits they chose. A search tool helped locate “eligible” non-profits. Searching “Jewish” and “80303” brought up a short list of the local Jewish organizations that were eligible. After voting one could “share” with friends to encourage others to vote. The top vote-getter wins $250,000, the next four each receive $100,000 and the remaining 195 in the top 200 would each get $20,000.

Challah for Hunger raises money and awareness for hunger- and disaster-relief, through the production and sale of challah bread.  They have 32 chapters based on college campuses (including one in Australia), and we applaud them for their work (and hope that CU gets a chapter going in the near future).

Here’s how other Boulder-area Jewish organizations fared:

  • Boulder Jewish Community Foundation: #9738 (6 votes)
  • Menorah: #19467 (3 votes)
  • Boulder Jewish Day School: #58237 (1 vote)
  • Boulder Jewish Elder Housing:  (1 vote)
  • Limmud Colorado: (0 votes)

The #200 non-profit received 1,481 votes and won $20,000.  The closest Boulder-area organization appears to be the Boulder International Fringe Festival, at #343, with 451 votes.

Seems to us that next time, we might engage all our networks to bump up our chances. In these tough times, $20,000 would go a long way for any of our organizations, and there’s not such a big distance between 6 votes and 1,481 votes.  Next time you see this come around, we hope you’ll participate!

Here’s an update – additional article about Chabad groups winning $340,000 (collectively) through Chase Community Giving.

About Editor

I'm David Fellows, and I've served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and I've written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I was also a professional photographer from 1978 to 1988 (although you never really stop...). I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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