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Baltimore nonprofit hopes “Big Idea” nets $500k

The Baltimore Child Abuse Center wants your vote in its quest to win $500,000. The organization is the only Maryland nonprofit competing in Chase Bank’s community giving program.

BCAC is competing with 100 other nonprofits from across the country for funds for a “Big Idea.” The organization’s Big Idea is “No child should be the victim of child abuse.” It would use the half-million dollars to “offer free sexual abuse prevention education to all local kindergarten classes, parents and teachers, as well as nationally offer online education and mobile applications at no cost to everyone who wishes to keep their children safe and build a better community.”

The funding is given out based on the number of votes the nonprofits receive on Facebook. BCAC received $25,000 for making the Top 100 after Round 1. For Round 2, the charity with the most votes gets $500,000, with the next 24 receiving between $400,000 and $20,000.

As of Tuesday afternoon, BCAC was well out of the Top 25, but voting does not end until Wednesday night, so there is still time to catch up. City Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld cast his vote for BCAC on Monday, calling it a “critical and vital partner” to his department.

“It’ s a great opportunity for us to do something good for the city,” he said.

You can vote for BCAC and its Big Idea here.

And watch a short video of BCAC’s Big Idea below: