The Matthew Shepard Foundation has been chosen to compete for grants ranging from $125,000 to $1 million through the American Giving Awards, presented by Chase. Winners will be selected based on the public’s votes on Facebook and Chase.com. The Foundation, founded by the parents of 1998 Laramie, WY hate crime victim Matthew Shepard, works to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance” through community outreach, advocacy and by providing educational resources. Its aim is to promote equality for all Americans regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation, and support GLBT young people who face bias in their daily lives. The Foundation is seeking funding to develop online educational exercises to combat bullying and help victims develop skills to cope with and avoid harassment. Voting started September 28 and ends Wednesday, October 5. For more information, visit the “American Giving Awards” page on Facebook.
[via Chase Community Giving]