American Express Announces $1.2 Million in Members Project Grants
American Express announced six new winners of charitable grants under its revamped Members Project initiative. Social action network TakePart helped the credit card issuer manage the selection of winning non-profit organization by soliciting input from Cardmembers and TakePart.com website visitors. Voters selected six recipients to split $1.2 million in funding:
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy tied for first place in the Arts & Culture category.
  • International Rescue Committee earned the top honor in the Community Development category for its emergency aid work in crisis zones like Haiti and Afghanistan.
  • DonorsChoose.org was awarded first place in the Education category for its work soliciting classroom supplies.
  • Voters in the Environment & Wildlife category selected ASPCA to receive a grant that will help shelters and animal rescue efforts.
  • Humanitarian group Operation Smile will use its Health & Wellness category grant to provide reconstructive facial surgery for children around the world.

TakePart and American Express have already started soliciting nominations for future rounds of Members Project grants. The partners have also used the voting website to solicit donations of credit card reward points and volunteer hours to help agencies profiled by the Members Project.

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