Invisible Children Wins $1 Million In Chase Community Giving Contest On Facebook
UPDATE: Human rights organization Invisible Children has won $1 million dollars in the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook. With 123,990 votes, Invisible Children narrowly edged out runner-up The Isha Foundation, who ended up with 122,742 votes.
Chase will announce Invisible Children as the winner officially in a press release on Monday, January 25. Co-founder Laren Poole says they will receive the check for $1 million sometime next week.
Despite the narrow victory, questions still remain about the legitimacy of the voter count. In the final hours of the contest, Invisible Children supporters raised questions about many Isha Foundation voters -- it's still unclear if Chase or Facebook will address these concerns.
With just a few hours left to vote, the Chase Community Giving campaign on Facebook is nearing its conclusion. Based on votes from Facebook users, one nonprofit organization will receive $1 million to go toward its charitable projects.
The Top 100 nonprofits in the contest have already received $25,000 each, and the five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. Facebook users can follow the race on the Chase Leaderboard, and as time winds down, the competition has been ramping up.
As of 6:00 p.m. ET on January 22, the African human rights organization Invisible Children is in the lead with over 98,000 votes. Isha Foundation, a group that promotes health and wellbeing in rural areas, is in second with 85,000 votes, and suicide prevention group To Write Love On Her Arms is in third with 78,000 votes. The voting tally for these top competitors has increased in recent days, attributable to widespread social media promotion.
To Write Love On Her Arms sent in the ringers as well with a promotional video featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Miley Cyrus.
If you have a Facebook account, you have five votes you can cast before midnight tonight. Simple click here and go to "Cast Your Five Votes."
Supporters of Invisible Children believe that the Isha Foundation may be guilty of fraud in their vote tallying efforts.