SOURCE: Maatiam

November 14, 2007 07:00 ET

Maatiam Turns Online Shoppers Into Philanthropists

Holiday Shopping Makes Fundraising Free and Effortless

FOSTER CITY, CA--(Marketwire - November 14, 2007) - This winter holiday season it will cost consumers nothing to donate to charity some of the $42 billion* they are expected to spend online. Each time shoppers buy from any of the more than 200 Web merchants participating in Maatiam's new service, their favorite nonprofits will receive a donation.

Maatiam turns every consumer into a philanthropist, and every online purchase into a donation at no cost to the consumer.

"Maatiam makes fundraising effortless and free for any charity, while helping consumers use their purchasing power to do good," said Caroline Bernadi, Maatiam's co-founder and vice president of nonprofit success. "Joining Maatiam is one way people can better balance consumption and charity."

Maatiam partners with a wide assortment merchants including many big-name retailers such as Overstock.com and Best Buy; travel services such as Priceline and Southwest Airlines Vacations, and specialty online stores such as Etoys, FragranceX.com and others that sell video games, toys, electronics, books, music, clothes, bicycles, outdoor gear, fashion accessories and home furnishings.

"We encourage the 112 million U.S. online shoppers to access merchants' Web sites via www.maatiam.com so some of the billions spent generate money for needy causes," Bernadi said.

Maatiam's merchants donate as much as 25 percent of an item's cost to a nonprofit of the shopper's choice. Shoppers can choose from any of the 800,000 U.S. registered nonprofit (501c3) organizations in the GuideStar database. Any nonprofit may join and create for free their branded page within Maatiam's community.

"In fund raising, every dollar counts. Maatiam is an effortless way to raise money without spending a dime," said Chris Bradford, president of African Leadership Foundation and co-founder of African Leadership Academy. "Small amounts add up to big ones, so we encourage our donors, employees and volunteers to direct contributions to our cause by doing something they do anyway -- shop online."

To make online shopping easier and faster, Maatiam automatically creates a consumer's personal shopping page when a consumer selects online stores from a list of Maatiam's more than 200 merchant partners. Maatiam's Donation Estimator lets a shopper see how much in donations their purchases generate for favorite nonprofits.

The average U.S. consumer spends $1,800 a year online,** which if spent via Maatiam's socially conscious shopping service would generate nearly $70 for their favorite charity at no cost to the consumer or the nonprofit.

About Maatiam

Maatiam, Inc., a private Foster City, California company, offers a unique service that turns every online shopper into a philanthropist and every online purchase into a donation. Maatiam partners with hundreds of merchants to provide online shoppers a free and easy way to support their favorite nonprofit organizations while providing charities a free way to raise funds. Maatiam (formerly FreePledge) empowers socially minded consumers, merchants and corporations. www.maatiam.com.

Sources: * TNS Retail Forward research report 9/20/07, ** eMarketer 2007

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Caroline Bernadi
    co-founder and VP of nonprofit success
    650-283-7265
    Email Contact