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For immediate release -- July 26, 2011

Seattle Nonprofits and Groupon’s G-Team Partner to
Support Women's Empowerment

Seattle, WA – The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) is launching a campaign in partnership with Jolkona and iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service, to promote and support global women’s leadership. The campaign will be kicked off with a Groupon G-Team (http://www.groupon.com/g-team) deal that will run from July 26-28.

Starting July 26th, Groupon Seattle’s G-Team will allow subscribers to join SIF and Jolkona in making an investment in women’s leadership by pledging support in increments of $10. For each $500 collected, Jolkona will fund one week of training for a woman leader to come to Seattle and participate in a 10-week fellowship program. The program will be implemented by iLEAP, an international nonprofit organization that builds capacity in a new generation of women grassroots leaders — creating positive change in their institutions and communities. Every donation will be matched by SIF, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.

The Seattle International Foundation is proud to partner with key Seattle-area nonprofits and businesses to raise funds and implement this unique women’s leadership program.

“This new way to give allows everyone to make a big impact with a small donation,” said Executive Director of SIF Mauricio Vivero. “Supporting women is one of the best ways to fight global poverty. Women grassroots leaders are on the frontlines tackling the toughest issues: hunger, violence, access to healthcare and education. By supporting their work as leaders, we can help them have greater impact and improve the lives of thousands in local communities.”

G-Team is a community outreach initiative within Groupon that brings communities together to make an impact. G-Team has been working in Seattle to help mission-driven organizations, like Jolkona, to raise money and awareness, channeling the collective buying power of Groupon followers and local supporters.

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The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities. SIF was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy efforts from the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit www.seaif.org.

Contact: Gloria Mayne, Seattle International Foundation, gmayne@seaif.org

Jolkona is a start-up tech non-profit that is cultivating the next generation of philanthropists by showing that anyone can make a difference today. Through their micro-giving web platform, Jolkona.org, individuals can find low cost, high impact projects that they’re passionate about, and receive tangible proofs of impact for every donation.For more information visit http://www.jolkona.org/.

Contact: Laura Kimball, Jolkona, (425) 359-2454, laura@jolkona.org

iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service is an international nonprofit organization with an intention to cultivate and inspire a new generation of global citizens. iLEAP conducts hands-on, educational and professional training programs in Seattle and innovative international travel programs in partnership with communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. For more information, visit www.ileap.org.

Contact: Molly Hogan, iLEAP, molly@ileap.org

Groupon, launched in November 2008 in Chicago, features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy in 43 countries around the world. Groupon uses collective buying power to offer huge discounts and provide a win-win for business and consumers, delivering more than 1,000 daily deals globally. To subscribe for the best deals in your city, visithttp://www.groupon.com . To learn how to become a featured business, visithttp://www.grouponworks.com .

Contact: Kelsey O’Neill, Groupon, Kelsey@groupon.com

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