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 (KindCards.com
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
to see to it
that 100% of your contribution goes to the designated charity. When you order a
, 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 FAQ
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
your own graphic.
From the Charity 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. "
If 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.Posted September 3, 2013