GoodSearch, GoodShop, GoodDining: 3 Everyday Ways to Give
Many people have little or no money to support their favorite cause, especially in a struggling economy. Here are three ways to give by doing simple, everyday things.
Support Your Cause
Everyone has a cause they care about, something near and dear to their heart. Whether it is finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease, rescuing abandoned kittens, supporting an overseas mission, or saving the environment, there are many worthwhile charitable endeavors.
Unfortunately, many people have little or no money to support their cause, especially in a struggling economy. What if you could raise money for your favorite school, ministry, or charity simply by searching the Internet?
GoodSearch lets you do just that.
The GoodSearch search engine donates 50% of its search revenue to charities chosen by users. More than 111,000 non-profit organizations are registered on the site, and the company wants to help as many charities as possible. Donations come from advertisers, so you and the organization you support do not have to spend a cent.
GoodSearch works the same as Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines. In fact, Yahoo powers the site so you know that your searches will get good results. Sign up for GoodSearch and support your cause by doing something you do every day.
GoodSearch launched in 2005 on the belief that "doing good" should be an everyday thing. As well as giving money to charity, the website helps you feel connected to the organization that you support. This motivates you to raise money every day by doing something you already do anyway: search the Internet.
GoodSearch donates money to registered non-profits only. More than 108,000 organizations have already registered, and the list continues to grow. GoodSearch donations help support schools, charities, hospitals and clinics, volunteer services, religious organizations, fraternal organizations, professional associations, political organizations, government agencies, and more.
Each non-profit receives a donation check in December for the combined funds earned during the company's fiscal year, October 1 though September 30. To date, GoodSearch has raised $9 million for charity.
In 2007, GoodSearch added GoodShop to its services. GoodShop is an online shopping mall of merchants committed to funding worthy causes.
Each purchase that you make through GoodShop garners a donation to your designated charity. Donations average 3% of the sale, but some donations reach 20% or more.
You can search GoodShop by category, featured merchants, or top coupon offers. Whether you're shopping for clothes, music, software, tickets, flowers, or anything else, GoodShop gives money to your charity each time you make a purchase.
GoodSearch added GoodDining to its services in 2011. This national "dine out for charity" is the first of its kind.
Whether you dine in or take out, you can raise additional money for your favorite organization. Participating restaurants partner with GoodDining to donate up to 6% of the check to charity.
More than 10,000 restaurants across America participate in the GoodDining program. To find one in your area, visit the GoodSearch website and sign up for GoodDining. The program requires you to register a credit card to receive donations to your cause.
GoodApp is a free web application from GoodSearch. It allows you to raise money for your cause whenever you search the web or shop online.
The app provides coupon alerts and donation reminders when you visit one of the 2,500 participating stores. An optional SafeSearch Filter filters out adult web search results.
GoodApp is designed for Mozilla Firefox 3.0 and Windows 7 web browsers. The company is also considering a mobile app to raise money for charity.
More Ways to Give
GoodSearch recently added some new ways to raise money for your favorite cause. Here are a few examples:
- GoodGames. Play games to support your cause. Three games earn a penny.
- GoodSurveys. Earn about $1 for your cause each time you take a survey.
- GoodOffers. Raise up to $10 for your cause when you sign up for an offer.
- GoodTravel. Donate a percentage of your purchase to your cause.
- GoodShop-to-Go. Donate up to 20 percent of your purchase to your cause.
Ken and JJ Ramberg, a brother and sister team, launched GoodSearch in 2005. Their vision was to create a way to make charitable giving an easy, cost-free activity that anyone could do on a daily basis.
When they considered what even a fraction of search revenue could do for a worthy cause, the GoodSearch idea was born. The Rambergs used their philanthropic experience and Internet expertise to create a site that redirects advertising dollars toward society's betterment. They took corporate responsibility to a new level by letting GoodSearch users decide where to send the donations.
Before the creation of GoodSearch, Ken Ramberg founded JOBTRAK, an online career site for college students and alumni. Now a division of Monster.com, the service operates as MonsterCollege. Ramberg is involved with several non-profits including the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) of Los Angeles, the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Board of Governors and the Venice Family Clinic, America's largest free clinic.
JJ Ramberg was a television reporter for CNN and MSNBC prior to co-founding GoodSearch. She was part of two Emmy-winning production teams at NBC News. She also served as the marketing director for Cooking.com, a web-based cookware retailer. Balancing business with public service, Ramberg has worked the past few years for microfinancing organizations in India and Uganda.
Currently, Ken Ramberg uses GoodSearch for USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Institute. His sister uses the search engine to support the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network.
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© 2012 Annette R. Smith