Mike Press was a department manager at RF Micro Devices during my
6½ years there as an RF Applications Engineer. While he and I
only worked together a couple times, we did manage to hold a few memorable
discussions - usually on holidays when most normal people had taken
the day off - on a broad range of social, economic, and national defense
topics. None of humanity's problems were ever solved as a result of
our dialogs, but I did come to have a great respect for Mike's worldview
as what I deem a classical Liberal. By that I mean one whose focus is
on compassion for his fellow man and truly wanting to foster unity,
as opposed to many modern Liberals who seem angrily intolerant and want
to destroy anyone that disagrees with any of their positions. Yes, some
Conservatives are regrettably that way as well.
I told Mike in 2007 that I was leaving the company to run RF Cafe full-time,
he wished me well and mentioned that he had a non-engineering-related
business concept in mind that he would like to see come to fruition.
The exact nature was never disclosed, even after occasional e-mail exchanges
between then and now. At long last and with much anticipation for success,
his new business venture, "KindCards," has gone live on the Internet
Immediately upon seeing the name my thought was that it is no surprise
that Mike would found such a company. KindCards' tag line is "Choose
Kindness - Send A KindCard to Benefit Your Friends and Charities."
provides a venue for charitable souls to send an e-card to friends and
family while also making tax-deductible donations to their favorite
charities. Mike has teamed with
Charity Navigator to see to it that 100% of your contribution goes
to the designated charity. When you order a
KindCard, two separate charges are made: one for the donation to
your charity and another for the processing fee. Doing so eliminates
the question about how much the middleman is withholding for himself.
You cannot get much more honest than that. Charity Navigator now represents
more than 6,000 groups covering an immense range of religions, social,
medical, conservation, educational, and other causes. A
page addresses most questions you might have, but you can send an e-mail
if you have others.
there are pre-designed e-cards available from which to choose, a really
unique feature of KindCards is the ability to
create a custom card by uploading your own graphic.
Navigator website: "Charity Navigator, America's leading independent
charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive
philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability
and Transparency of 6,000 of America's largest charities. "
you are accustomed to sending e-cards or if you have been meaning to
give it a try, then please use this opportunity to add even more meaning
to your thoughtfulness. Mike and I would both appreciate it. Thank you.
KindCards invites you to visit their
page as well.
September 3, 2013