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NJ SHARES Teams Up With Online Charity Shopping Mall To Help Needy Families Pay Their Utility Bills

Ewing, NJ — October 14, 2003 — Can buying a book or computer help a needy New Jersey family stay warm this winter? Yes, if the item is bought through iGive.com and the proceeds are earmarked for New Jersey Statewide Heating Assistance and Referral for Energy Services (NJ SHARES).

NJ SHARES is now collecting donations through iGive.com, the first online charity shopping mall, to help pay the natural gas and electric bills of New Jersey families experiencing a temporary financial crisis. Donations are made when consumers do their everyday online shopping through iGive.com. The website enables individuals to shop online at hundreds of merchants and simultaneously support any charitable cause they wish, including NJ SHARES. Up to 25 percent or more of every purchase is donated to the selected cause at no extra cost to shoppers or causes. iGive.com members have listed more than 15,000 causes on the site.

“We have found iGive.com to be an excellent and nearly effortless way to raise needed funds. Many of our supporters were already shopping online. Now with their shopping through the Mall at iGive.com, everything they buy – from CDs, books, toothpaste to computers – helps NJ SHARES,” commented Jim Jacob, executive director of NJ SHARES. “We’re excited about the continued funds this technology, and iGive.com, will enable our supporters to raise for temporary utility bill assistance. In addition, iGive.com helps us reach and build stronger relationships with our existing and new supporters.”

Robert Grosshandler, founder and chief executive officer of iGive.com, said, “iGive.com’s mission is to provide a reliable, valuable, secure and easy-to-use tool to help individuals support their favorite causes while doing their everyday online shopping. We’re delighted that NJ SHARES is utilizing iGive.com and the information age to help people in a temporary crisis. The causes benefit from their supporters’ everyday shopping, and shoppers benefit from the ability to help causes close to their hearts and homes.”

New Jersey SHARES is a statewide, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides grants to pay the utility bills of households in need through a statewide network of 50 community-based social service agencies. Its Board of Directors includes representatives of New Jersey's seven electric and gas utilities; Verizon; non-profit groups including The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, AARP, Association for Children of NJ, Community Health Law Project and NJ Community Action Association; and several at-large members. To get more information, please call 1-866-NJSHARE.

iGive.com is the Internet’s first venture for turning online shopping into a vehicle for charitable giving. In addition to supporting any cause they wish, users can also track, directly on the site, their individual donations to their causes and the total amount their causes have raised. iGive.com also offers shoppers a choice of more online merchants than any other online charity mall. Since its debut in 1997, iGive.com has raised more than $1,000,000 for thousands of nonprofit organizations and worthy causes, ranging from animal shelters, school marching bands, medical research foundations to women’s shelters and missing children’s advocacy groups. For more information or to register with iGive.com, visit www.iGive.com.


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