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Mt. Washington Observatory Earns $20,000 Grant in Chase Community Giving Contest

North Conway - Local nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory was among the 30,000 charities from across the country nominated to participate in the 2012 Chase Community Giving contest. The philanthropy program asked the public to vote for their favorite charities, awarding a total of $5 million in grants to the top 196 vote-getters. At the end of the contest Mount Washington Observatory landed in 55th place with a total of 3,250 votes, earning the nonprofit a $20,000 grant.

“We are so, incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from our fans,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “When we were nominated to participate, we were wary—we’re much smaller than many of the other groups. But our members, donors, and fans rallied around our cause. Their support helped us surpass charities ten times our size.”

Eligible charities included 501(c)(3) organizations with an operating budget under $10 million, nominated by Chase customers and employees from June 12 to July 9. Voting took place September 6-19 on Facebook and www.ChaseGiving.com, open to all with Facebook and Chase accounts. More than 1.5 million votes were cast.

The charity that received the most votes, the Egyptian Cancer Network, won a $250,000 grant. The next ten runners-up won $100,000, the next 35 won $50,000, the next 50 won $20,000, and the next 100 won $10,000.“This grant represents a significant sum of money for our small institution,” notes Kerry MacDougall, the Observatory’s Director of Development. “Membership dues and charitable gifts comprise the majority of our income, so receiving a grant of this amount—especially during a down economy, when charitable gifts are increasingly difficult to secure—is a major boost.”

The Observatory plans to put the grant to work immediately, helping to fund its weather station atop Mount Washington and its educational outreach efforts.“The Observatory has been able to continue its work in weather observation, science education, and weather and climate research for more than 80 years thanks to the support of our members and fans,” says Henley. “This grant helps us continue that legacy.” 

About Mount Washington Observatory

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit www.MountWashington.org.

Posted on: September 21, 2012
Topics: Award Winners

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