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Vote for LGBT Youth-Focused Causes in Chase Community Giving Facebook Campaign

GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), the Matthew Shepard Foundation and The Trevor Project – three organizations that work to improve the lives of LGBT youth – are among 100 finalists in Chase Community Giving, a campaign by Chase and Facebook to award $5 million to charities voted on by Facebook users.

These three fantastic groups are the only LGBT-focused organizations among the 100 finalists and announced they are pooling resources and offer each other support in the hope that all three will be among the final six vote-getters. The top vote-getter receives $1 million. Five runners-up receive $100,000 each.  Voting begins Jan. 15 and runs until Jan. 22. Each Facebook user is eligible to vote for up to five charities.  If you're having trouble loading the pages, try hitting refresh on your browser. To learn more about Chase Community Giving, visit: To learn more about GLSEN's Big Idea and to vote for GLSEN, visit: To learn more about the Matthew Shepard Foundation's Big Idea and to vote for the Matthew Shepard Foundation, visit: To learn more about The Trevor Project's Big Idea and to vote for The Trevor Project, visit: Some more about the three organizations after the jump GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Established in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. For information on GLSEN's research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives, visit The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year-old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion & Acceptance" through its varied education, outreach and advocacy programs. For more information, please visit The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its free and confidential helpline, in-school workshops, educational materials, online resources and advocacy. The organization was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers whose film, "Trevor," a comedy/drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Live Action). For more information, visit

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