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American Botanical Council and the Herb Research Foundation announce their participation in Share America!, a consortium of medical research, human service, and Christian service agencies who have joined together to give corporations an opportunity to expand their employees' charitable giving options beyond United Way. Share America! represents local, regional, national, and international charities serving missions ranging from hunger relief to medical research. "By joining together with many other like-minded non-profits, we can encourage and participate in more cost effective, efficient, and satisfying workplace campaigns," said Wayne Silverman, Ph.D., Chief Administrative Officer of ABC.

ABC and HRF invite business leaders to provide a choice in workplace giving through Share America!, empowering the company and i s employees to partner with some of America's finest charities. Share America! encourages choice. Companies have the flexibility to choose charitable agencies or groups of charities which provide the services and programs that more closely align with t he company's mission and philosophy. Employees can select one charity or a group of charities when making decisions about allocating their workplace charitable gifts. Federal and state employees have always had much broader choices than just the United Way for payroll deduction giving in their campaigns. Now, companies in the private sector are beginning to extend this benefit to their employees, resulting in increases in total giving. "When given choices like ABC, HRF and the other agencies in our alliance, experience has shown that employee participation increases along with the satisfaction that emplo yees feel in giving," said Silverman.

ABC has made the commitment to permit its staff to accompany Share America! staff n describing its program to prospective companies. To find out more about this program, contact Share America! at 877/841-6839, or contact Wayne Silverman, at American Botanical Council, 512/926-4900. <>.

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