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Care2 Logo.png
Type of business Private
Type of site
Social networking, petitioning site
Available in English
Founded 1998; 20 years ago (1998)
Headquarters Redwood City, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Owner, Inc.
  • Randy Paynter
  • Matthew McGlynn
  • Camilla Eriksson
CEO Randy Paynter
Key people
  • Matthew McGlynn (CTO)
  • Marlin Miller (COO)
Employees >50
Alexa rank Increase 15,876 (January 2018)[1]
Registration Optional (required for creating petitions)
Users 40 million [2]
Launched 1998
Current status Active

Care2 is a social networking website that was founded by Randy Paynter in 1998. The goal of the site is to connect activists from around the world with other individuals, organizations and responsible businesses making an impact.[3]


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' personal lives and involvement in activism. The social interactions on Care2 revolve around groups that connect people who care about similar political and environmental issues. Members also often participate in internet petitions and news articles posted by others.


Care2 has been used throughout the years to combat, through petitions, political, environmental and civil rights issues. Recently, Care2 was used by Broadway theatre playwrights and actors to petition Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.[4] Care2 is regularly used to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.[5]

Security breach[edit]

On December 28, 2011, hackers attacked, breached and accessed unencrypted password data on Care2 servers.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Care2 Alexa Ranking". Alexa Internet. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Roberts, Lee (March 7, 2007). "Spreading Their Gospel on the Web". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, Mark (Apr 2, 2015). "Broadway Takes Aim at Contested Indiana Law With a Petition". ABC News. Retrieved Apr 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Reviewing Trashy Hasbara Against BDS". Aug 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Paynter, Randy (December 28, 2011). "To All Care2 Members – Security Breach". Care2. 

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