Charity begins online

UK ISP aims to raise funds by getting good causes on the Net

Twenty heavyweight UK charities have pooled their resources to create an online community and an ISP in a move that could help raise money for worthy causes. Not only does Care4free give charities such as Save the Children, the Terrence Higgins Trust, the Cancer Research Campaign and the World Wide Fund for Nature their own Web site, it also gives them the chance to capitalise on the growth of the e-commerce market. The new ISP -- backed by UUNet -- is also planning to distribute 75 per cent of the profit it makes from the interconnect charges, advertising and trade referrals to the charities. Care4free was created by home shopping outfit Fine Art Developments. It has already helped charities raise more than £150 million over the last ten years. Unfortunately, its claim that it's the "UK's first Internet service provider for charities and the fundraising community" may not be strictly true. In March, Thames Valley ISP Voss Net announced it had teamed up with Charity Logistics, a registered charity that provides support services and practical help for other charities, to offer the subscription-free service to all 184,000 charities in the UK. It also pledged to hand over some of its profits those charities who signed up for the scheme. ®

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