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Local.com’s daily-deals business donates $500,000 to schools and nonprofits

Spreebird customers can direct 10 percent of the company’s net proceeds to the organization of their choice.

By Kylie MalstromPublished: October 07, 2011 07:15 AM

Local.com Corp., an Irvine-based online company that mediates between local “brick-and-mortar” businesses and online customers, recently announced that its Spreebird daily-deals business has donated more than $500,000 to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.

Through its Community Rewards program, Spreebird allows customers to direct 10 percent of the company’s net proceeds from each deal to the school or nonprofit of their choice. To date, more than 700 local organizations have benefited from the money raised by Spreebird.

“Everyone wins with our Community Rewards program,” said Malcolm Lewis, senior vice president and general manager of social buying for Local.com. “Consumers enjoy great deals while raising money for their favorite local school or nonprofit, local merchants drive new customers to their door while giving back to their local community, and schools and nonprofits have a powerful new way to offset budget cuts.”

“We thank Spreebird for donating $500,000 to schools,” said Hillary Haight, Castaic Elementary PTA fundraising chair. “Spreebird has been the easiest and most consistent fundraising partner we have worked with. Their Community Rewards [program] is simple to use and offers a variety of great deals that parents love. It has truly been a win-win for our school and our community.”

In addition to Orange County, Spreebird deals with thousands of local merchants in the Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and San Diego markets.

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