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May 26, 2004


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Care2, Inc21st Century Democrats
Marlin Miller
Danny Rose


Defenders of Wildlife Action FundOceana
William LutzJason Lefkowitz

Organizations Join Forces with Care2 on Million Member Online Social Network During Key Election Year

Redwood City, CA -- May 26, 2004 -- Care2, Inc. today launched Care2 Connect (, the first online social network for progressive organizations to collectively grow and engage their member and activist communities. With over 28 million members, Care2 is the largest online network of socially responsible, health conscious and environmentally concerned citizens. Care2 Connect is unique in that it links supporters of leading nonprofit organizations together with Care2's own member network, enabling them to communicate and mobilize on virtually any progressive issue.

By creating a private label network on Care2 Connect, each organization presents a customized experience for its members, while enjoying the "network effect" of operating within the highly energized Care2 Connect social network. Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, 21st Century Democrats and Oceana are among the first organizations to launch private label networks on Care2 Connect. The Care2 Connect social network allows nonprofits to exert more influence on the vital social, health and environmental issues of our time.

Randy Paynter, Care2 Founder and CEO, explains, "The Care2 Connect social network grows rapidly as friends invite their friends to support worthy causes and meet other like-minded individuals. It's a powerful activism tool and at the same time it's fun to use. Members can literally see their personal network, showing their circles of friends, friends of friends, and beyond. Care2 Connect is the next generation solution for helping organizations tap into the power of social networking to rapidly expand their memberships and engage their constituencies."

Individuals can also support other nonprofits on Care2 Connect, including the Democratic National Committee, Amnesty International, American Wilderness Coalition and the Jane Goodall Institute.

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
Rodger Schlickeisen, President of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, says, "Through Care2 Connect, the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is urging supporters and their friends to pledge to vote against Bush in November. Our goal is one million promised votes to elect a conservation president who will recognize the responsibility we all share to leave a healthy Earth for our children and grandchildren."

21st Century Democrats
According to Kelly Young, Executive Director of 21st Century Democrats, "Care2 Connect represents a powerful opportunity for us to build a community of likely voters and mobilize these voters in time for the November election. We are excited by the potential of Care2 Connect and believe that efforts like this will help defeat George Bush and elect strong, progressive candidates at all levels of government."

Jason Lefkowitz, E-Activism Manager for Oceana, agrees, "We are excited to be one of Care2's launch partners for their Care2 Connect service. Facilitating connections between engaged citizens is the future of online organizing, and Care2 Connect is a big step into that future. Care2 Connect will be a great way for us to grow niche micro-communities of fisherman, scuba divers, and seafood lovers who for their own reasons are dedicated to protecting the world's oceans."

You may join a Care2 Connect private label network by visiting:

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund network

21st Century Democrats network

Oceana network

About Care2

Care2 is the largest online progressive network, bringing together socially and environmentally responsible nonprofits, businesses and 28 million members. The Care2 Network empowers people to make a difference with every visit to by providing social networking, tips on sustainable living, click-to-donate races, online petitions, activist opportunities, healthy living solutions, eco-shopping and free member services such as email and e-cards. Care2 Connect is the newest feature on for building online communities and encouraging people to get involved.

Care2 supports over 80 leading nonprofit organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Defenders of Wildlife, Oceana, The Humane Society, Amnesty International, Children International, the Jane Goodall Institute and League of Conservation Voters. Care2 provides activist recruiting, online petitions, private label social networks, fundraising, and other web-based services for nonprofits. In addition, Care2 donates 5% of its net website revenue to nonprofits. Care2 was founded in 1998 and is a privately held, profitable company. Visit for more information.