BOSTON, Aug. 10 In an effort to improve the lives of orphans with AIDS who reside in Lesotho, Africa, SHARED, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving global health by increasing access for the world's poorest people to medicine, medical supplies, medical equipment and community gardens, is today launching the "Technology for Tots" fundraising campaign. The campaign will employ Gazelle for Good for the drive's fundraising efforts, an innovative online tool developed by Gazelle (www.gazelle.com), the nation's largest online consumer electronics reCommerce service.
Instead of asking for cash, SHARED, with the help of Gazelle for Good, will raise funds by asking individuals to donate their used consumer electronics on http://shared.gazelle.com/. More than 20 categories of electronics will be accepted including laptops, MP3 players and cell phones. Gazelle will match all donations by five percent. The fundraising drive will take place online from August 10-24, 2009. Donations can also be made in person at a special event at SHARED's office on August 17 from 5:30-7:00 PM at 1018 Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts.
"Working in partnership with private and public organizations as well as individuals, SHARED is always looking for new and creative ways to raise funds to support our mission," said Elizabeth Ziemba, President, SHARED, Inc. "So many potential donors have unused gadgets collecting dust in closets and drawers. Through the 'Technology for Tots' campaign, they can make special use of those unused items and help provide the resources necessary to improve global health."
"When we launched Gazelle for Good in May 2009 we wanted to create a unique platform for nonprofit organizations and individual fundraisers to raise money and access a broad base of donors," said Israel Ganot, Chief Executive Officer, Gazelle. "This is exactly the way we hoped organizations would use our platform, and our work with SHARED is one of more than 150 examples of ongoing fundraising campaigns that support a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the country. We feel privileged to have been chosen by SHARED to help them reach their fundraising goals."
ABOUT SHARED, INC.
SHARED Inc, (www.healthshares.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating global health equality through improved access to existing, affordable and effective medicines, medical supplies and equipment, as well as community gardens for people in developing countries. By working with strong community based organizations, SHARED leverages existing resources and fills in the gaps in the healthcare delivery system so that more people, especially children, receive the care they need. Projects like "Seeds for Change", "Love Listens" and "Technology for Tots" create high value and impact for the organizations donors.
Gazelle (www.gazelle.com), a service of Second Rotation, Inc., is committed to providing an easy, fast, and safe way for consumers to get cash for selling unwanted electronics or to recycle them responsibly. To date, thousands of consumers have used the service as a way to clean out closets, get cash and help out a good cause. In addition, Gazelle empowers consumers to avoid time consuming and risky online experiences associated with peer-to-peer selling. Consumers can rest assured that all personal information is thoroughly removed from their item while benefiting from conveniences like free shipping and packaging. Based in Boston, Gazelle is backed by premier venture capital firms Venrock Associates and RockPort Capital Partners.
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