Web Hosting Community Rallies around New Orleans - Monetary Assistance
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Go Daddy donated $250,000 to AmeriCares, a relief organization that will use the funds to deliver basic supplies (bottled water, soap, diapers, and so on) to the area. The web hosting company has dealt with AmeriCares in the past. “Having donated funds to AmeriCares earlier this year in response to the Southeast Asian Tsunami, we didn’t think twice about donating to them again since their funds go directly to those people who are in dire need,” explained Bob Parsons, president and founder of Go Daddy.
Affinity Internet truly feels for the folks in New Orleans – located in South Florida, the company weathered four hurricanes itself last year. John Enright, Affinity’s vice president of marketing stated that “We’re doing everything we can think of to help those along the Coast – we’re making a donation to the Red Cross and matching donations made by our employees…and we’re currently exploring several other ways in which we can contribute resources to help get individuals and businesses back on their feet.”
IPOWER, located in Phoenix, has pledged to double the amount of all IPOWER employee donations to the American Red Cross made on behalf of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The company is also collecting goods for the 500+ evacuees now located in the area. Thomas Gorny, president and CEO of IPOWER, vowed that the company is “…deeply determined to do everything we can to help these people in need.”
Rackspace Managed Hosting and its employees made a large cash donation to the Food Bank. Located in San Antonio, Texas, they too have seen Katrina refugees brought to their area, and are trying to help.
Website Host Directory is working with the greater hosting industry to announce relief efforts underway. Additionally, the company has stated that it would donate “a portion of our profits over the next few months to help with disaster relief,” said Derek Vaughan, a principal with Website Host Directory.
Aplus.net pledged to donate $1 from every sale that is made during the month of September to the Red Cross’ Katrina relief efforts.
Operating in a similar vein, Rebel Networks said it would donate the first month’s revenue of every new web hosting customer that signs up between now and the end of 2005, to the Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
The Public Interest Registry (PIR), which handles .org, partnered with the Internet Society and Afilias Limited to donate $1 for every new .org domain name registered between September 8 and September 30 2005 to the American Red Cross. The company has already donated $100,000 to the Red Cross as an advance on the donations to help pay for Katrina relief efforts as quickly as possible.
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