EPIC – Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives has the opportunity to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm, and the charitable organization needs your help. EPIC, which leverages Chicago’s best creative talent to create marketing that generates funds and awareness for local nonprofits, has given more than $2.5 million in pro bono design work since 2009.
So when State Farm reached out to the city to submit causes that positively impact the community, EPIC made the list. In order to win the $25,000 grant, however, EPIC must get the most votes through the the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app from April 4–22. Voters are allotted a maximum of 10 votes per day. On April 29th, the 40 causes with the most votes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.
According to a press release from EPIC, the process for making it to the final voting was quite intense:
3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood. At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created. Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.
Need another reason to vote? Remember “EPIC gives creative people the chance to create work that effects change in the world around us: meaningful design for the common good.” And what’s good for design is good for all of us.
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