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April 6, 2000
VISITORS TO ECOLOGYFUND.COM SAVE THEIR FIRST
SQUARE MILE OF WILDERNESS LAND
Ann Arbor, MI - The "click" that helped save the world reverberated in the tiny EcologyFund.com office at 5:00am on Wednesday, April 5th. That one click meant that one square mile (27,878,400 square feet!) of wilderness land had been preserved. The milestone proved to the site founders that this idea would really work.
"We modeled it after the Hungersite.com," said EcologyFund co-founder Tim Kunin. "We are interested in using the Internet to help solve world problems." Another site under the company's CharityUSA banner, CharityMall.com, is the largest virtual shopping portal that gives 100% of the merchant's standard affiliate commissions to charity.
EcologyFund.com has seen a 2400% growth in the seven short weeks since it's launch. Kunin sees the explosive growth as a sign of the times. "The Internet is creating a whole new town square-where people can make their opinions known. The success of EcologyFund.com shows that people care about the wilderness. But," Kunin notes, "hopefully, this is only the beginning. There is practically no end to the amount of wilderness that needs to be saved by visitors to EcologyFund.com."
One square mile sounds like a modest amount of land, but co-founder Greg Hesterberg puts it all in perspective. "It's kind of like our first dollar bill on the wall-it says we're in the land saving business and we're not leaving until the job is done."
Tim Kunin is available for interviews: firstname.lastname@example.org