START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good
Feb 25, 2010

It's fantastic to see so many members earning and redeeming their Butterfly Credits for Good! (New convention: I'm going to capitalize the "G" in "good" from here on out rather than writing "for good causes", "for gifts that make a difference", or any of the hundreds of other ways we tend to talk about doing Good stuff around here).  But, I digress...

Over the past few weeks we've heard from a number of folks that their Butterfly Credits seem to mysteriously disappear after they earned them. Or, that the numbers fluctuate up and down seemingly at random.  Where did the butterflies go?

Have no fear, all the butterflies are safe. The short explanation for what was going on is that the credits were always being saved to a master database, but sometimes the number you'd see on the site was an old number, not reflecting recent credits.

[Ignore this part to avoid going cross eyed: The slightly longer and more technical explanation is that we immediately take all those credits earned and store them on a master database. Usually, that information (data) is then immediately distributed onto a large number of databases that are supposed to mirror the master database.  Using multiple databases allows us to handle the huge amount of visitor traffic on Care2.  However, when that data-replication process slows down, some or all of those databases will contain old information... i.e. they haven't yet been updated with the most recent information from the master database.  This is called "database latency."   When you move from page to page on Care2, you're actually getting information served from different databases... so if you happen to receive information from a database that hasn't been updated, it's going to show an older (i.e. lower) number of credits making it appear you've lost credits (even though you haven't).]

The good news is we've added extra capacity, so all the Butterfly credit counts should now be accurate... and hopefully we will not see this kind of latency again.   I apologize for the confusion this caused, but can assure you that no credits were lost or removed, and no actual butterflies were harmed during this episode

Thank you again for all the enthusiasm about Butterfly Rewards and feel free to drop me a note with any suggestions for future enhancements to the program.

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Posted: Feb 25, 2010 2:14pm
Feb 2, 2010
rehydration saltsMy favorite gift is "life saving rehydration salts." It's one of 18 gifts you can give the world for free through Care2's Butterfly Rewards program. I've witnessed the terrible effects of dysentery in developing countries, so it feels good to do something to help.

No matter what gift is your favorite, we've made it easier to earn credits which you can redeem for gifts. 

New ways to earn credits:

  • Care2 Toolbar - probably the easiest way to generate credits. Each time you search the web using the toolbar you'll earn 10 credits.  The credits add up fast!
  • C2NN - help vet upcoming stories on Care2's people-powered news service.  Simply vote ("note") for the stories you like, or demote the stories you think aren't worthy of being on Care2's homepage. Earn 3 credits per story. You can also "note" already popular stories for 2 credits or comment on a story for an additional 20 credits.
  • Care2 Webmail - earn 1 credit for every email you send.  Join the 100,000+ people using Care2's free webmail service (and show people you care with your email address at,, or

Other great ways to earn credits:

For the full list, including daily limits, see our How to Earn Butterfly Credits page.

Our Butterfly Rewards program is our way of saying "Thank you" for making a difference.  Each of these credit-earning actions contributes to the Care2 community and our collective impact on the world.   You do something good for the world, and you get rewarded with credits you can spend to do even more good for the world.  I love that.

We'll be adding more ways to earn credits in the future, along with additional gifts.  Thank you to all of you who are taking action, earning credits, and making an impact!

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Posted: Feb 2, 2010 5:43pm
Nov 19, 2009
Do good, and earn "credits" you can spend to do even more good.  How cool is that?! That's the basic concept behind our newly launched Butterfly Rewards program.

This is how it works: Take action on Care2 as you normally do (sign petitions, post comments, etc.) and we'll give you "Butterfly Credits" in appreciation of your commitment to making the world a better place.  You'll see your credit totals add up at the top of the page.

Then, you can redeem your credits for gifts that benefit the world. For example, help save a child's life by "purchasing" oral rehydration salts, or help provide a loan to a woman entrepreneur in Cambodia. We'll make the donation on your behalf when you redeem your credits.

We've teamed up with some fantastic nonprofit organizations to support their projects: ASPCA, Carbon Fund, Kiva, OXFAM, Population Services International and Trees for the Future.

It is fitting that we're launching this program right in time for the holidays — a time when each of us stops to think about those less fortunate, and tries to better the world around us. However, in the tradition of Care2, we're not going to stop our commitment to social change when the season comes to a close. This is a program we plan to continue — and grow — well into the future.

We're excited about this new opportunity to make a difference, and hope you'll have fun earning credits and making an even greater impact on the world!

Check it out!
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Posted: Nov 19, 2009 6:28pm


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