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Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health selected to compete in national American Giving Awards

A nonprofit global children’s health foundation founded by an Indiana University School of Medicine alumnus has been selected as one of the 25 charities to participate in the second annual American Giving Awards, presented by Chase.

Timmy Global Health, founded by Chuck Dietzen, M.D., could receive a $1 million grant to help families, communities and patients around the world. Winning one of the American Giving Awards, characterized as “the Oscars for nonprofits,” requires votes from Timmy supporters.

Individuals will be able to cast one vote for Timmy Global Health between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 at the Timmy Global Health site on the Chase Community Giving application link. Additional information is available on the NBC American Giving Awards website, Timmy’s Facebook page or Twitter account, or the Chase Community Giving Facebook page.

The five organizations that receive the most votes will be spotlighted during the American Giving Awards’ nationally broadcast special at 8 p.m. Eastern Dec. 8 on NBC. Those five, out of the 25 nominated, will share in $2 million of unrestricted grants from Chase; the organization with the most votes will receive an additional $1 million.

Based in Indianapolis, Timmy Global Health collaborates with U.S. and international partners to send medical service teams throughout the world to expand access to health care while empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges. Founded in 1997, Timmy Global Health has seven projects in five countries and student chapters at more than 30 U.S. universities and 10 Indiana high schools.

“It’s an honor to be selected to participate in the American Giving Awards,” Dr. Dietzen said. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to enhance our national visibility and use the American Giving Awards to reach thousands more patients, families, communities and students throughout the world.

“I’m pleased they recommended us and see the value of what we are doing,” he said of the American Giving Awards nomination. “We are training the next great generation of doctors and nurses and want them to understand their role in eliminating health disparities, both today and in the future. Given that we dedicate more than 90 percent of our resources to programming, winning the award would mean incredible resources to build the capacity of our partners and reach more patients without access to health care both here and around the world.”

For details on how to help Timmy Global Health, visit The Timmy Team.