December 15, 2009 08:00 ET

World Emergency Relief Introduces Affinity Debit Card Powered by Tempo

Card Use Will Help Raise Money for Victims of Natural and Man-Made Disasters

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - Tempo announced today that the World Emergency Relief (WER), the non-profit organization that provides food, medical supplies and support to victims of natural and man-made disasters, is offering members and contributors an affinity debit card powered by Tempo.

Every time WER debit cards are used to make a purchase, the organization will receive a portion of standard card transaction fees. The cards can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard cards are accepted and also provide cash-back and ATM withdrawal access to the cardholders' existing checking accounts.

"WER benefits every time people use their cards to make purchases," said Gary Becks, World Emergency Relief CEO . "Thanks to Tempo's web-based platform, our members can now effortlessly generate more funds to support our cause."

Tempo technology makes it easy for organizations to offer affinity debit cards and provides a web portal for consumers to apply for and activate cards, as well as track purchases and rewards. The cards are issued by Tempo partner First Bank & Trust of Brookings, SD, part of Fishback Financial Corporation.

"The everyday purchases of WER cardholders will further the organization's efforts to fight poverty and hunger, and provide relief for victims of disaster, conflict and despair," said Tempo CEO Mike Grossman. "Tempo's software-as-a-service technology makes it possible for organizations of all types and sizes to quickly and easily develop affinity debit card programs that allow consumers to leverage their existing checking accounts into additional income for a worthy organization."

Tempo-enabled debit cards are affinity partner-branded, generate valuable cardholder rewards, and can be used for online and offline purchases and ATM withdrawals. Working with First Bank & Trust, Tempo manages all aspects of card issuance, including risk management, application processing, card fulfillment, authorization and settlement.

Other non-profits that are offering Tempo-powered affinity debit card programs include the Breast Cancer Fund, Greenpeace and Surfrider Foundation.

About World Emergency Relief

World Emergency Relief is a global family of five charities sharing a common vision and core values. WER works with local organizations to combat poverty, hunger, and abuse, in addition to providing disaster relief. WER's vision is to give children all over the world a living chance by addressing their practical, emotional, spiritual and economic needs, as well as the needs of their families and communities. World Emergency Relief's international headquarters is in Carlsbad, CA. More information about World Emergency Relief can be found at

About Tempo

Tempo is the leader in enabling organizations to quickly and easily offer affinity and co-branded debit cards to their customers, contributors and members. The open loop cards are rewards-based, partner-branded, and linked to the consumer's existing checking account. Tempo provides its affinity partners with a Web-based platform that makes it easy to launch and market co-branded debit programs. The partners benefit by generating new revenue, and building loyalty through the delivery of enhanced cardholder value. Tempo is privately held and is headquartered in San Mateo, CA. For additional information, visit

These cards are issued by First Bank & Trust, Brookings, SD, pursuant to a license by MasterCard® International Incorporated. First Bank & Trust is a member of the FDIC and part of the Fishback Financial Corporation.

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