From: ENN
Published September 14, 2005 12:00 AM

Earth Share Launches CharityGift Card Program to Help Environment

SAN DIEGO — Kintera, Inc. , a provider of software as a service to the nonprofit industry, today announced that Earth Share is the first nonprofit organization to sell its own private-labeled CharityGift greeting cards and gift certificates through an online custom card shop at www.earthshare.org/CharityGift.html.


Earth Share is a nationwide network of America's leading nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations. Earth Share has affiliates in 19 states, representing more than 400 community and state environmental organizations in addition to its national groups. Earth Share's member organizations work in communities and states, across the country, and around the world to help protect and preserve public health and the Earth's air, water, coastal areas and wetlands, wildlife, and much more.


Earth Share-branded CharityGift greeting cards and gift certificates can be used to benefit a specific member organization of Earth Share or all of them through a general gift to Earth Share. Gift givers simply decide on the charitable donation amount for the CharityGift they create and then let their gift recipients select a charity to help the Earth. CharityGift cards can be personalized and sent via U.S. mail or by email, and gift certificates can be purchased and printed immediately.


"We are excited to be able to use Kintera's CharityGift technology to introduce a new way for people to help the Earth in conjunction with gift-giving," said Earth Share President and CEO, Kal Stein. "Whether it is for a birthday, the holidays, or to say `thank you' for a favor or a job well done, this is the perfect gift -- fun and meaningful for both the gift giver and the gift recipient."


"While we've worked with a number of for-profit corporate customers in the past to create custom charity-oriented gift products, Earth Share is the first nonprofit organization to use our technology in this way. Earth Share has created an innovative new model for gift giving which we expect other nonprofit organizations may wish to emulate," said Randi Shade, Kintera's Vice President of Gift Cards.


Kintera's web-based technology has helped Earth Share to create its own custom CharityGift cards by personalizing the messaging, logo, design, and donation details. Kintera also can turn any custom product, invitation, printed piece, or other specialty item into a CharityGift by simply adding a donation and redemption code to the product. For more information about Kintera's CharityGift cards and products, please visit www.charitygift.com.


About Earth Share: Earth Share is a nationwide network of America's leading nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations. It works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Earth Share provides an opportunity for employees and workplaces to support hundreds of environmental organizations at once through payroll contribution charitable giving drives. Earth Share also educates millions of Americans each year through its environmental awareness public service announcements which are produced and distributed in collaboration with The Advertising Council.


Earth Share has affiliates in 19 states, representing more than 400 community and state environmental organizations in addition to its national groups. Earth Share's member organizations work in our communities and states, across the country, and around the world to help protect and preserve public health and our air, water, coastal areas and wetlands, wildlife, and much more. For more information about Earth Share, visit www.earthshare.org.


About Kintera, Inc.: Kintera, Inc. (NASDAQ: KNTA) helps nonprofit organizations deliver "The Giving Experience" to donors -- including giving convenience, financial transparency, feedback about the social impact of their gifts, and a sense of belonging and appreciation. More than 15,000 accounts in the nonprofit, government and corporate sectors use Kintera's "software as a service," including the "Friends Asking Friends" fundraising program and Kintera Sphere, an enterprise-grade software platform that provides a secure and reliable system for customer relationship management, a web content management system, and eMarketing and directed giving applications. Additionally, Kintera FundWare provides award-winning financial management software developed for nonprofit organizations and governments. For more information about Kintera's software and services, visit www.kintera.com.


Source: Business Wire, Kintera


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