GM gives Web site to nation's givers

DETROIT: General Motors gave the charitable community an early Christmas present: a new Web site that makes it easier not only to decide how to give, but to actually do the giving.

DETROIT: General Motors gave the charitable community an early Christmas present: a new Web site that makes it easier not only to decide how to give, but to actually do the giving.

DETROIT: General Motors gave the charitable community an early Christmas present: a new Web site that makes it easier not only to decide how to give, but to actually do the giving.

The company's e-commerce unit, e-GM, launched Webhands.org last month to help the public connect with charitable organizations. The site allows users to learn about and support groups that help people in need by providing contact and other information for more than 2,000 organizations.

According to a GM news release, Webhands.org's goal is to be considered the 'largest Web listing of charitable agencies for food, clothing, homelessness, digital divide and literacy'.

'We believe that the easier you make it for people to get involved with a charitable organization, the more they will,' said Rod Gillum, GM's VP of corporate relations.

Those accessing the site will be able to select a giving category and search the database by city or zip code.

While the launch was aimed at the traditional holiday and end-of-year charitable splurge, GM said it would add to the site throughout the year.



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