Since 2009, Chase Community Giving has been donating millions of dollars to community voted charities. This season, dance companies in Chicago decided to take this fundraising opportunity to a whole new level.
Forming a voting block of ten companies and using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a variety of other social media, these ten expanded their audience base. They also succeeded in creating a unified front for funding endeavors as well as setting an example of how free media outlets such as Facebook can really make a difference in the game of Not For Profit organizations.
By mobilizing Chicago dance companies, Joel Hall Dancers & Center, Chicago Dance Crash, Chicago Tap Theater, Culture Shock Chicago, Inaside Chicago Dance, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and Visceral Dance Chicago have each received a portion of the 3 million dollars in grants that was awarded to a total of 100 charities across the United States. Their innovation and coordination is another example of artists who are creatively and actively finding ways to finance their projects.