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Care2 Logo 2019.svg
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Social networking, petitioning site
Available inEnglish
Founded1998; 25 years ago (1998)
HeadquartersRedwood City, California,
Area servedWorldwide, Inc.
  • Randy Paynter
  • Matthew McGlynn
  • Camilla Eriksson
CEORandy Paynter
Key people
  • Matthew McGlynn (CTO)
  • Marlin Miller (COO)
RegistrationOptional (required for creating petitions)
Users50 million [1]
Current statusActive

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.[2]


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.

Other Similar Sites[edit]

Care2 is one of several online petition sites that offer users the ability to create free petitions for social change. Other popular sites in the same space include, the petition site, and the internationally focused Each of these is among the leading communities for online activism and have created petitions with real impact.[3]


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]

Security breach[edit]

On December 28, 2011, hackers attacked, breached and accessed unencrypted password data on Care2 servers.[5]

Website Change[edit]

In August 2019, Groups, Healthy Living and Causes, C2NN, eCards, and Care2 Connect were eliminated.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Home".
  2. ^ Roberts, Lee (March 7, 2007). "Spreading Their Gospel on the Web". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "The Big Read: Online petitions — just 'noise' and attention-seeking, or a way for citizens to make themselves heard?". CNA. Retrieved 2021-10-09.
  4. ^ Kennedy, Mark (Apr 2, 2015). "Broadway Takes Aim at Contested Indiana Law With a Petition". ABC News. Retrieved Apr 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Paynter, Randy (December 28, 2011). "To All Care2 Members – Security Breach". Care2.
  6. ^ Mention about "Important News From Care2"

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