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The Care2 Story


I started Care2, back in 1998, to help make the world a better place.

The idea is simple: Extraordinary things happen when people who care take action together. Care2 is a community of nearly 30 million people standing together for good.

The seeds for Care2 were planted many years ago. I was 11 years old, traveling up the Amazon with my father in a thatch-covered boat. My father, an ornithologist, studied the birds, while I marveled at the rich wildlife, lush vegetation and fascinating people we encountered deep in the jungle.

What struck me most was the contrast between the remote tribes living in harmony with the rainforest, and the poverty and deforestation in the most “modernized” towns we visited. I realized the world was terribly out of balance. From that truth, an overwhelming desire to make a difference was born. I believed the power to make a positive change in the world was within each of us. But how could we harness that power?

The answer came in 1998. The Internet. Finally, the power to mobilize the world was at hand. I raised money from some kind and crazy souls, and then really lucked out in finding two extraordinary partners — Matt McGlynn (now our chief technology officer) and Camilla Eriksson (now our vice president of eCards). In September 1998, we launched Care2 from my tiny apartment.

Care2 helps individuals start petitions and make a difference in their community while helping over 1,500 nonprofit clients recruit more than 40 million prospective donors worldwide. We pride ourselves on being a different kind of company. As a certified B Corporation (B Corp), we’re committed to using the power of business to make a positive social and earth-friendly impact on the world.

Care2 grew out of my apartment a long time ago. Today we are more than 60 employees, 29 million members, 1,500 nonprofit partners and hundreds of responsible advertisers making a difference.

Thank you for caring!

Randy Paynter
President and CEO, Care2


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