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Press Releases Blackbaud Supports NetHope in its Efforts to Restore Communications in HaitiDonation will provide 20 humanitarian organizations working in Haiti with critical IT resources Charleston, S.C. (January 21, 2010) – Blackbaud, Inc., (Nasdaq: BLKB) today announced that it is making a $50,000 donation in support of NetHope, an information technology collaboration of 28 leading international humanitarian organizations, which is working to restore communications infrastructure in Haiti. When an emergency hits, NetHope reaches out to its members, including organizations like Heifer International, Plan International and Save the Children, and coordinates relief efforts—particularly when telecommunications infrastructure is damaged. Blackbaud is making the donation in the context of a larger partnership in support of NetHope’s mission to provide communication technology and practices to serve people in the developing world.
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Shwowp Launches In Limited Beta, Invites You To Join TechCrunch Disrupt finalist Shwowp announces today that it is opening up its social purchase sharing platform to its 2000-strong waiting list plus extending an invite to the first 500 TechCrunch readers to sign up here. Founded by Whuffie Factor author Tara Hunt, Cassandra Girard and Jerome Paradis, the Montreal-based Shwowp organizes consumer data in order to help vendors better target discounts and promotions and help consumers control their purchase information, which up to this point has only existed in silos. Beta users can now forward all receipts and order confirmations to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as directly upload them. Shwowp will then aggregate the information, allowing you to add photos, comments, track trends and share your shopping history with friends through Twitter, Facebook and email. Hunt says Shwowp’s future plans include adding about 50 stores per week to its database and opening the service up to all users in November.
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