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TechSoup Partners with Mailshell to Protect Nonprofits from Email Spam

Donations of Acclaimed Anti-Spam Software Now Available

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - August 11, 2003 -, (, the technology website for the nonprofit sector, today announced its partnership with Mailshell (, creator of the SpamCatcher anti-spam engine, to provide the nonprofit community with donations of these award-winning products.

Billions of unwanted commercial e-mails are sent each day. Spam not only constitutes a nuisance for businesses and nonprofits alike, it causes a significant loss of time and computer power. The cost of spam has been estimated at $10 billion in the United States this year alone. (Ferris Research, 2003).

To relieve nonprofits from this email intrusion, Mailshell has donated elements of its enterprise suite, including both a desktop and a server version of its software, to TechSoup. All of Mailshell's products are based on its core SpamCatcher engine, which is also available to OEM customers as a software developers' toolkit.

In addition to protecting individual computers, this donation puts high-end enterprise software in the hands of nonprofits that otherwise could not afford such an acclaimed product.

Both solutions are available through DiscounTech (, TechSoup's product philanthropy service, for a small administrative fee. Customer support for both products will be provided by TechSoup's customer service team. The total retail value of the donation exceeds one million dollars in the first year.

"This donation offers nonprofits access to the same advanced spam-filtering engine that's deployed at large enterprises, universities and government institutions," said Tonny Yu, president of Mailshell. "Mailshell is honored to stand alongside companies like Symantec, Microsoft and Cisco in support of CompuMentor's TechSoup."

Rebecca Masisak, Director and General Manager of DiscounTech, added: "Nonprofits are always strapped for time and money. Having to deal with spam is an incredible waste of their scarce resources. We commend Mailshell for donating their top-notch products to the nonprofit community and helping our clients protect their productivity in these tough times."

About Mailshell
Mailshell develops the award-winning SpamCatcher Engine, the easiest solution to spam. The company's products include anti-spam software developers' tools and a suite of enterprise and personal anti-spam products. SpamCatcher is the only anti-spam solution developed explicitly to integrate spam-blocking technology with common IT components, including security appliances, mail servers, anti-virus applications and many others. Mailshell's software recently earned an "Editor's Choice" award in PC Magazine's review of spam filters, and has been dubbed "priceless" by Forbes magazine, "excellent" by the Associated Press and "easy to use" by CNET.

About TechSoup, the nonprofit technology website created by CompuMentor, empowers nonprofits to succeed in the Digital Age by providing timely and targeted technology information and resources. TechSoup provides other nonprofits with the tech know-how they need to more efficiently and effectively achieve their missions. TechSoup partners with a wide range of nonprofit and technology organizations such as CNET, NPower and Philanthropy Journal to provide content. TechSoup's weekly e-newsletter, TechSoup´┐ŻBy the Cup, is distributed to more than 30,000 subscribers. Through its product philanthropy service, TechSoup also offers access to affordable technology products and services just for nonprofits. Through this program, nonprofits can receive donated and discounted software and other technology products from leading technology vendors - such as Microsoft, Cisco and Intuit - for a small administrative fee. Since its inception in January 2002, the service has distributed more than 275,000 products to more than 14,000 nonprofit organizations, saving the sector more than $50 million.

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