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Non-profits with Most Votes to Share $150,000 in Funding
Starting today, voting is live for the Tom’s of Maine fourth annual “50 States for Good” program. For the first time, one non-profit finalist from every state and Washington DC is represented with a total of $150,000 in funding available for grassroots projects that support healthy, human and environmental goodness. The organization with the most votes will receive $50,000 while five runners-up will receive $20,000 each to complete their project. The public can vote at www.facebook.com/tomsofmaine through October 9.
The finalists were chosen by a judging panel of passionate leaders in the nonprofit community including star of “The Vampire Diaries” and non-profit founder Ian Somerhalder, Laura Burge of the social action network Care2, nonprofit/philanthropic strategist, author and Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care.
“We’re always inspired by the level of creativity and commitment from local non-profits who tirelessly seek to address their community’s needs,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “But, they can’t do it without the public’s help. Today, voting for your state’s finalist and rallying friends, family and co-workers to do the same not only elevates their cause but is a simple way you can help them extend the impact of their work.”
Listed by state, here are this year’s “50 States for Good” finalists:
Disaster and Victim Services International
Alaska Federation for Community Self Reliance
Yuma Community Food Bank
Genoa Central Parent Teacher Organization
Community Outreach Center of the Valley
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
Knox Parks, Inc.
Junior League of Wilmington, DE
District of Columbia
Southern Eco Restoration Projects, Inc.
NEXT Steps Youth Entrepreneur Program
Sust 'aina ble Molokai
Garden Valley Communications, Inc.
Garden Valley, ID
College Mentors for Kids, Inc.
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
Reach Out and Read Kansas City
Kansas City, KS
Middlesboro Bell County Public Library
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA
Aid For Kids
Baltimore Reads, Inc.
Community Harvest Project
North Grafton, MA
People of Palmer Park
Great River Greening
Saint Paul, MN
National Council of Jewish Women-St. Louis Section
St Louis, MO
inCOMMON Community Development
ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada
Carson City, NV
Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.)
One Simple Wish
La Semilla Food Center
National Council of Jewish Women-New York Section
New York, NY
Brown Bag Ministry
Community Food Initiatives
A Third Place Community Foundation
Community Outreach, Inc
Cradles to Crayons
West Conshohocken, PA
Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale
Peace Dale, RI
Southern Sustainable Resources
Rural Learning Center
Central Texas Resource Conservation and
Development Council, Inc.
Adopt A Native Elder Program
Park City, UT
Community of Vermont Elders
Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences
Friends of Deckers Creek
Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin
University of Wyoming Extension Service/Big Horn County 4-H
The "50 States for Good" initiative invited qualifying 501(c)3 organizations in every state with an operating budget under $2 million to apply. Applications were narrowed down to 51 finalists by an independent panel of judges based on the organization’s use of community volunteers (50%) and positive impact on the community (50%).
To read more about your state’s finalist or to discover the good work going on in communities around the country, visit www.facebook.com/tomsofmaine. Voting is now open and visitors can cast one vote per day for their non-profit choice. Winners will be announced in November.
Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including those focused on clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many others. Since its inception, the company has donated 10% of its profits back to the community.
About Tom's of Maine
Tom's of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care. TOMs sells high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, and body wash products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living planet. For over 40 years, Tom's of Maine has sponsored hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support human and environmental goodness and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. Tom's of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company's high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company's sensitive way of doing business. Tom's of Maine enjoys partnering with its consumers, vendors and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet.Visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.
If you need any additional information about Tom's of Maine, please contact Susan Dewhirst, Media and Public Relations Leader. The best way to reach Susan is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can also be reached by phone at 207-467-2406.
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