American Express is offering $200,000 to five different charities every three months. People will be able to vote for their favorite charities once a week. The next three-month round of voting starts on Jan. 1, 2011, but they are accepting nominations now. To be eligible, a non-profit organization must be nominated by many people, meet the American Express requirements and be approved by the TakePart Advisory Board.
They have no requirements on the size of a charity’s balance sheet – only on the scope of their outreach programs, efficacy, mission goals and accomplishments. We know that many patient organizations in our overall community fill this requirement.
To nominate P.A.N.D.O.R.A. you can follow these step-by-step instructions below (or watch the video below):
1) Go to: http://www.takepart.com/membersproject/vote/nominate/
Please enter P.A.N.D.O.R.A.-Patient Alliance for NeuroEndocrineImmune Disorders Organization for Research & Advocacy, Inc.
in the “Organization Name” window. (it’s important you put this correct)
2) Under “Location,” choose “National (multi-state)”
3) Enter your e-mail address.
4) Then put in some comments. We encourage you to speak from your heart as to why P.A.N.D.O.R.A. should be nominated. But to be more effective, your comments should be focused on how P.A.N.D.O.R.A. meets the following approval guidelines:
1. be operationally stable
2. have a presence across the US
3. have a clear and meaningful mission
4. have a broad support base
5. serve diverse audiences
6. be a U.S. based 501c3 non profit org
For those who would like a specific suggestion, you might enter the following in the “Comments” window:
Patient Alliance for NeuroEndocrineImmune Disorders Organization for Research and Advocacy, Inc. (P.A.N.D.O.R.A.) has been producing results since 2002, when they became a 501(c)3 corporation. They get things done. Thousands of people across the US and the world have donated to and supported their advocacy for improved quality of life for people with Gulf War Illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), Fibromyalgia, Environmental Illnesses, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, and chronic bacterial and viral infections- including Chronic Lyme Disease. The current primary goal of this organization is providing multi-illness research, clinical care and social service access assistance through the NeuroEndocrineImmune (NEI) Center™, planned for New Jersey. Already, they have support from the New Jersey legislature through a Senate resolution. The NEI Center™ is the first research center to incorporate biomedical and clinical research, quality patient care, and social service assistance, all in one state-of-the-art facility for all these NeuroEndocrineImmune disorders.
5) Click on “Submit” button.
With One Voice, One Community, One Cause, we can work together to benefit patients served by P-A-N-D-O-R-A and other organizations in our community.
(WPI official name = Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease)