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Givium Announces Launch of New Online Fundraising Service for Charities

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San Jose, CA, Aug. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Silicon Valley start-up Givium announced the launch of a new online fundraising service that raises money for charities and promotes sustainability through the reuse of unwanted household items.

Unlike conventional online classified ad websites, Givium provides a platform where members can sell unwanted household items to friends and family at a discounted price, then donate all or a portion of the proceeds to participating charities. This new method of fundraising means that charities can take advantage of a new revenue stream from the sale of the $3,000 worth of unwanted items that the average U.S. household contains.

The service has launched with 25 Charter Charities including the Easter Seals of New Jersey, The First Tee of Silicon Valley, National Firefighters Endowment, Oregon Amateur Sports Foundation, and the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Kerry Duffy, President and CEO of the Oregon Amateur Sports Foundation, says Givium is a highly effective and low-resource method of raising money. "Resources within charities are already stretched to the limit," she said. "With Givium, we gain immediate access to a new and significant revenue stream with no additional resources required."

With Givium, sellers can choose to limit their sale to people they trust on social networks such as Facebook and Google+. Using trusted social networks provides a safe and reliable way to buy and sell goods and it provides charities with a valuable new source of potential donors.

"Charitable giving is not expected to rebound to pre-recession levels until 2018, so charities are looking for new ways to increase donation levels," said Sean Wilcox, co-founder of Givium, "With Givium, charities accept donations online, 24x7, with no capital expenditures or subscription fees. They simply sign up and start receiving donations from member transactions. Everyone wins: friends help friends, charities raise money, and we all do our part to help save the planet."

Members and charities can join Givium for free. To join, visit www.givium.com. iPhone and Android mobile applications are also available for free download at the App Store and on Google Play.

For more information about Givium, visit their website at www.givium.com or watch these videos: the Story of Givium: https://vimeo.com/66666078 and How Givium is helping charities: https://vimeo.com/67141668. For inquiries, email Givium at info@givium.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT GIVIUM

Givium is a new socially responsible e-commerce website and online fundraising service that turns unwanted household items into charitable donations. Members buy and sell items through their social networks and donate a percentage of the proceeds to participating charities. Members get great deals, promote reuse and sustainability, and help charitable causes all at the same time. Charities from across the U.S. have already joined Givium -- from the St. Baldrick's Foundation in Los Angeles to the Easter Seals of New Jersey. Sign up for free at www.givium.com.

CONTACT: Theresa Mills, PR Manager 1-408-582-4611 pr@givium.com

Source: Givium