LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Evite, (www.evite.com), the leading digital service for bringing people together, and Pledgeling, (www.pledgeling.com), the Santa Monica-based charitable donations company, today announced a new partnership integration on Evite.com that will enable event planners and party hosts to offer their guests donation-giving as part of their event options. The new partnership was announced earlier today by both companies at the Internet Marketing Association's IMPACT15 conference in Las Vegas, where their CEOs shared the stage to discuss the power of connecting people in meaningful ways.
Evite is providing this service free to planners, hosts and guests that use Evite.com, and unlike many online donation-processing services, Pledgeling does not take a portion of charitable donations as a fee.
"The team at Evite is extremely customer-focused, and the ability to accept charitable donations as part of throwing an event is a capability that many of our customers have been asking for," said Victor Cho, Chief Executive Officer of Evite, which recently sent its 2 billionth event invitation. "Evite invitations kick off millions of parties every year. In offering the option to easily make a charitable donation, either in lieu of or in addition to traditional party gifts, we have an opportunity to help our users make a huge positive impact on the world."
The integration between Evite and Pledgeling is seamless.
As part of creating a free Evite invitation, planners and hosts can now add charitable donation functionality for their guests by simply selecting from a list of top non-profit charities in the U.S., or by recommending a new one. For event guests, the collaboration provides a simple method to show their support by sending their tax-deductible donations online in a few simple clicks. Guests then receive an email receipt for their transaction and the option to create a free Pledgeling account to keep track of year-long charitable giving.
"We believe people have an inherent desire to give back, and we are excited to help Evite and its millions of users quickly and easily make charitable donations as an integral part of their celebrations," said James Citron, Chief Executive Officer of Pledgeling. "Making a charitable contribution of any amount is a wonderful way to honor the special people in our lives, while supporting causes that matter to us."
In announcing their partnership, Evite and Pledgeling are working together to solve a challenge that many charitable groups face: having simple, flexible tools to reach potential donors, collect donations of any size, and keep track of those donations all in one simple-to-use account.
"We've always been a service at the heart of bringing people together face-to-face, and now we can help people 'do good' at the same time," added Cho. "It's a perfect combination."
Evite (www.evite.com) is the leading digital service for bringing people together. With a wide array of free, easy-to-use invitation designs and inspirational party-planning tools, the company has sent over 2 billion event invitations in its history, enabling approximately 3 billion unique face-to-face connections. Evite makes getting together effortless and more memorable for its 100+ million annual users, sending 20,000 invitations every hour and handling hundreds of millions of RSVPs every year. Launched in 1998, Evite is headquartered in Los Angeles and is a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation, attributed to the Liberty Ventures Group (NASDAQ: LVNTA, LVNTB).
Pledgeling is a non-profit organization revolutionizing how consumers pledge, or donate, to charities. Through its network of thousands of charities live on the platform, Pledgeling provides the fastest and most secure way for anyone to give as little as $5 to the charities of their choice from their smartphone or any web-enabled device. The company has 501c3 status, and earlier this year announced seed funding of $4.1 million from investors, including Double M Partners and angel investors Vanna White and Chris Harrison. To learn more about Pledgeling, please visit www.pledgeling.com or download the company's app here.