Razoo Partners with SXSW to Support Two Progressive Charitable Causes

  Razoo Partners with SXSW to Support Two Progressive Charitable Causes

South by Southwest to raise money for Architecture for Humanity and Electronic
                    Frontier Foundation through Razoo.com

SXSW 2013

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO & AUSTIN, Texas -- March 7, 2013

Razoo.com, the fastest growing crowdfunding platform for causes, and South by
Southwest^® (SXSW^®) Interactive Festival announced today a partnership to
raise money online for two charitable causes March 8-12, 2013. The partnership
reflects a commitment to furthering the community-oriented culture of SXSW by
offering more opportunities to support forward-thinking causes. The two
charities highlighted at SXSW 2013 are Architecture for Humanity and
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Architecture for Humanity is a design and construction services nonprofit
dedicated to building a more sustainable future through the power of
professional design. With regional offices in NY and NJ they are building
long-term reconstruction projects after super storm Sandy in the Rockaways and
the Jersey Shore. The #SXSW4Sandy Razoo fundraiser will be matched by an
$85,000 pledge.

EFF defends free speech, privacy, innovation and consumer rights in the
digital realm. Founded in 1990 to fight federal violations against publisher
and Austin native, Steve Jackson, EFF continues to champion the public
interest in critical legal battles affecting digital rights. After the 2013
tragic death of programmer and internet activist Aaron Swartz, EFF is
currently working with a coalition to reform the federal anti-hacking laws
outlined in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act(CFAA).

“The spirit of SXSW has always been based on people coming together to help
others. The chosen charities represent that spirit by advocating innovative
approaches to address and solve critical societal challenges,” said Hugh
Forrest, Director of SXSW Interactive Festival. “In addition to the two live
fundraising events for these charitable causes, the ethos of SXSW is also
reflected in the growing number of nonprofit related panels and attendees each
year.”

Anyone can donate to either of the two organizations by clicking on the Razoo
widget located on the front page of sxsw.com or the dedicated fundraising
pages on Razoo.com. One can also upload photos and videos on the dedicated
pages and share their messages via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Through
Razoo, users can even set up their own fundraisers for any US 501(c) 3
organization, and share these fundraisers with their social media networks.
Each fundraiser can be managed from the convenience of the user’s iPhone or
iPad.

“SXSW is a perfect global stage to showcase the missions and hard work of
these two champion causes,” said Alex Kouts, Product Director at Razoo. “The
community of generosity and activism fostered at SXSW creates a platform for
instant progressive change. The best part is anyone can contribute to these
charitable causes and support the spirit of SXSW even if you cannot be there
in person.”

To learn more about Architecture for Humanity, SXSW registrants are invited to
attend the Connected for Reconstruction session on Friday, March 8 at 3:30 pm
CT in Ballroom EF of the Austin Convention Center. This session features
Co-founder and TED prize winner, Cameron Sinclair, Chief Eternal Optimist
(CEO) at Architecture for Humanity. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold or
Platinum badge to attend the session.

To learn more about the life of Aaron Swartz and EFF.org, the public is
invited to attend the Aaron Swartz Town Hall on Friday, March 8^th at the
Austin Convention Center. The event is free and does not require a SXSW badge
to participate. People are gathering from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm CT in Ballroom A
to celebrate and further awareness about Swartz’s life and ideals.

Razoo has raised more than $139 million dollars for 16,000 nonprofits across
the country since inception with more than half of that amount raised in the
last year. Razoo provides an automatic and immediate tax deductible receipt
for all donations contributed to 501(c)3’s.

About Razoo

Razoo is a crowdfunding platform for causes. Named after an Australian coin of
little value (until combined with many), Razoo has empowered individuals,
nonprofits and communities across the country to raise millions of dollars
online—one small donation at a time. Razoo is designed to inspire on-going
generosity by making it enjoyable for people to give or fundraise online for
their favorite causes. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington DC
and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we're creating a new
generation of everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com; follow us on Twitter
at @Razoo or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/razoogiving.

About SXSW Interactive

The 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival will take place March 8-12, 2013 in
Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital
creativity, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the
brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events
hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line-up of special programs
showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community
has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future,
SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is
unfolding in the world of technology. Join us March 2013 for the sessions, the
networking, the parties, the 16th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Startup
Village, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show and, of course, the
inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.

SXSW Interactive 2013 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance,
IFC, Yahoo!, American Express, PepsiCo, Pepsi, Freecreditscore.com, Chevrolet,
American Airlines, Oreo, AT&T and The Austin Chronicle.

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