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National Gift Card gives ‘green’ to Arbor Day Foundation, McHenry County Environmental Advocates in Earth Day Observance

April 22, 2014 – CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – National Gift Card Corporation (NGC) is going “greener” by advancing its plastic-less, paperless digital gift card availability, and is observing its progress today on Earth Day with contributions to the Arbor Day Foundation and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

NGC announced contributions of $2,000 to the Arbor Day Foundation, known as one of the world’s largest tree planting organizations, and $1,000 to the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County; the county where NGC recently located its new headquarters and gift card fulfillment center.

The company continues to expand its offering of retail, dining, and specialty brands, delivered through its ngcecodes platform and its Gift Card API. NGC’s latest green technology achievement is its API - which allows loyalty, rewards, and incentive companies the ability to order and deliver digital gift cards electronically to recipients. With as many as 10 billion new plastic gift cards manufactured every year, electronic delivery is becoming a growing cost-saving and environmentally-friendly trend.

“ngceCodesis an attractive and ‘green’ alternative, offering the same variety, flexibility, and customization options as traditional plastic gift cards. With our ability to send rewards in real time, the demand for eCodes has increased as our customers enhance their programs to allow for the instant redemption of gift cards,” said NGC President Adam Van Witzenburg.

For more information about ngceCodes, contact NGC at 877-959-6212, or visit www.ngc-group.com.

About National Gift Card Corp.: National Gift Card Corp. is the leading marketer and supplier of gift cards and beyond for use in loyalty, incentive and rewards programs. The agency offers a wide variety of retail, restaurant and prepaid cards along with secure online ordering, distribution, fulfillment services and customized programs designed to reach each client’s specific objectives. NGC continues to develop innovative technology solutions and delivers the best value to its customers. National Gift Card is headquartered in Illinois with sales offices in Florida and Oregon. To learn more about National Gift Card Corp., visit http://www.ngc-group.com or call 877-959-6212.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, celebrate, and nuture trees. For more information, please visit www.arborday.org .

About the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: Since 1970, the

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County have had many successes in helping to

make McHenry County a healthier place in which to live. From the formation of the McHenry County Conservation District to curbside recycling, from the regulation of gravel mining to the passage of the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act, the Defenders have been at the front line, working closely with local, municipal, and county government while advocating for a healthy environment. To learn more, please visit http://www.mcdef.org.