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Chase names winner of Facebook contest

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A California nonprofit that supports children in Central Africa has won the Chase Community Giving contest and received $1 million.

Invisible Children received 123,990 votes from Facebook users, more than any of the other 99 charities vying for the top spot in the second round of the contest.

The San-Diego-based nonprofit works through high-school and college students to advocate for the release of Central African children that have been kidnapped to serve as soldiers in the civil war in Uganda.

The other five top vote-getters each will receive $100,000.

The Chase Community Giving Advisory Board selected six other charities to received $100,000 and 11 to receive $37,000 each.

In total, Chase awarded $5 million during both rounds of the program, and plans to continue the effort in the future.

“Harnessing the power of social networking to give individuals and communities a voice in corporate philanthropy has proven to be a great motivator and will have a significant role in the future of giving,” Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy at Facebook, says in a statement.

In all, about three million Facebook users participated in the voting.

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