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MasterCard International Donates $1,000,000 to Support Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

Purchase, NY, September 2, 2005

MasterCard International today announced that it has contributed $500,000 to the American Red Cross and $500,000 to AmeriCares to support the relief efforts underway for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

MasterCard has also initiated a relief program in which personal donations made by its global employee base will be double-matched by the company. Additionally, MasterCard has donated its advertising space in USA Today to the American Red Cross to help the organization communicate its important messages during this time.

MasterCard hopes that these efforts will help those who have been severely affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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