CUPERTINO, Calif. - March 28, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced the "Everyday Heroes, Everyday Protection" charitable giving campaign. From March 31, 2002 through September 28, 2002, customers purchasing select Symantec consumer products may opt to donate their product rebates to one of over 850,000 charities listed on the Internet charity site, Network for Good.
Customers will find it easy to make meaningful donations during the six-month period by purchasing either of Symantec's award-winning Norton SystemWorks or Norton Internet Security products. These consumers will be able to donate their $20 rebate in full to any accredited charity that exists in the United States. Network for Good (www.networkforgood.com), which will facilitate these contributions, is a new online tool that helps individuals find and contribute to non-profit organizations across the country and in their neighborhoods making a difference in the causes they care about most.
"Every year, citizens in the U.S. give billions of dollars to charitable causes. These are the everyday heroes who make a difference in their communities," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president of Symantec Consumer and Client Product Delivery. "At Symantec, we hope to facilitate this generous giving by providing customers a convenient and secure avenue for donating their product rebates."
Network for Good is a leader in generating charitable giving, volunteering and providing opportunities to speak out through Internet-based tools. The site can link an individual directly to any one of the more than 850,000 nonprofit organizations with the charitable 501(c)(3) IRS tax status. One hundred percent of every contribution made through Network for Good goes directly to the charity selected and no fees are charged to either the donor or the nonprofit recipient.
To donate during the "Everyday Heroes, Everyday Protection" campaign, customers will simply indicate their donation preference on the rebate redemption card supplied with each product purchase. These supporters will receive a letter with a donation code and the Network for Good Web address. Going to Network for Good, they may then choose any charity and enter the code to direct 100 percent of their rebate funds to the selected charity.
"People taking advantage of this donation opportunity will find the charities they care about quickly and easily -- either by their location or by the issues they focus on," explained Lisa Aramony, CEO of Network for Good. "We commend Symantec for helping its customers channel their generous rebates to the causes and organizations that so desperately need their support. And we are delighted that Network for Good will participate in this breakthrough experiment for using the Internet to both empower customers and support charitable activity at the same time."
Symantec's other charitable activities include employee matching gift programs, software donation programs and support for educational nonprofit organizations including Teach for America and Junior Achievement.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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