State Farm is giving away $25,000 to 40 neighbourhoods across Canada and the United States with its Cause an Effect program.
Supporting education, safety and community development issues, Cause an Effect is soliciting nominations for neighbourhood causes, to be voted on by The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 full-time high school and university students who are passionate about social responsibility.
“State Farm is committed to helping communities get to a better state,” said Kellie Clapper, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations for State Farm in a statement. “We’re inspired by efforts we’ve seen as communities have come together to address local challenges. From revamping a town square to providing programming at a local recreation center, communities are using creativity and ingenuity to get to a better state, and we hope to harness that energy through this initiative.”
The nomination process runs from February 29 to March 20. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review the Cause submissions and help State Farm select 100 finalists. State Farm will identify and pair one of the recommended or user-suggested nonprofits with each Cause. These nonprofits will create and execute a plan to address the Cause; the Cause submitter can be as involved as they choose to be in this process.
On April 27, finalists will be announced and communities will be able to rally behind the Cause that means the most to them by voting on the State Farm Facebook page until voting ends on May 17. The 40 Causes that receive the most votes will be announced on May 22, and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits to implement the solution.
“With Cause An Effect, we are empowering Canadians to bring a $25,000 grant directly to their community,” explains Zac Stevenson, Community Relations Specialist for State Farm. “The program allows anyone to submit a Cause in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick, and provides them local nonprofit support, taking action together to address the Cause that will create a lasting Effect.”
For more information on Cause An Effect or to submit a Cause, visit the State Farm Facebook page or search #causeaneffect on Twitter.