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Screenshot of home page
Type Private
Founded 1998
Headquarters Redwood City, California, United States
Key people Randy Paynter, founder and CEO
Marlin Miller, COO
Matthew McGlynn, founder, CTO
Industry Media
Revenue Increase US$5.9 million (2006)
Employees 56 (2008)
Slogan(s) "Care2 Make a Difference"
Type of site social networking
Available in English
Launched 1998

Care2 is a social network website that was founded by Randy Paynter in 1998[1] to help connect activists from around the world.

Care2's stated mission is to help people make the world a better place by connecting them with the individuals, organizations and responsible businesses making an impact.


Care2 members create an online identity by filling out a profile with personal information, as in most social networking sites, but Care2 also asks for more information about its members' involvement in activism and personal life. The social interactions on Care2 revolve around groups that connect people who care about similar issues. Internet petitions and news articles posted by members are also frequently used.


  • More than 21 million members[when?]
  • Member profiles and groups to facilitate social networking
  • Petitions that any citizen can create and distribute
  • Petitions created and promoted by Care2 in partnership with nonprofit organizations
  • "Click-to-Donate Races" to generate donations to charities (from ad sponsors), just by clicking
  • Free E-Cards (which also generate free donations)
  • Citizen News Network—members post news stories themselves and vote on which ones should be displayed
  • Blogs
  • Free photo sharing
  • Email newsletters and "e-alerts" about various issues such as the environment and human rights
  • "Care2 JobFinder," which lists jobs with progressive companies
  • A "Healthy Living" channel with tips on living healthier, more sustainable lives
  • Various content channels on topics such as Global Warming, Women's Issues and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election
  • "Butterfly Rewards" virtual currency system in which "butterfly credits" can be gained through 17 types of activities and redeemed on one or more of 13 humanitarian gifts to which Care2 makes real-world monetary donations. Credits are not exchangeable for or equivalent to real-world currency.
  • Participated in online petition with more than 70,000 names is calling for an end to Scotland's last traditional guga hunt.[2]

Security breach[edit]

On December 28, 2011 there was a security breach at Care2 in which their servers were attacked and password data that they stored unencrypted on their servers was accessed by hackers.[3]

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