By: Kristin Lund
Times are hard this year, and it’s that much harder to make your holiday money stretch very far. Charities, food banks, and other causes are feeling the pinch. Food banks, for example, have more people than ever needing their assistance, and fewer people able to give. In fact, people who used to give are now forced to be recipients.
The good news is that there is a nifty solution. More than 60,000 nonprofits have partnered with GoodSearch.com and an online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, which allow supporters to generate donations just by searching the Internet or shopping online.
Using the two sites doesn’t cost users a thing. To quote their website, “It’s philanthropy on a shoestring.”
Consumers shopping at GoodShop.com can choose from more than 700 online retailers, such as Target, Apple, Macy’s, and Best Buy. The shopping experience and the prices are the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 37 percent of the purchase price is donated the user’s favorite cause.
If you use GoodSearch.com to search the Internet, approximately one penny is donated to your pre-specified charity. Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise around $7,300 in a year, and it’s free to the user!
Diabetes Health asked the company behind GoodSearch and GoodShop which diabetes-related nonprofits can benefit from their service. Here’s the list:
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (and all of its chapters)
- American Diabetes Association
- Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
- Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation
- Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
- Joslin Diabetes Center
- Cumberland Valley Diabetes Education and Awareness Fund
We also asked which organizations in the local San Francisco Bay Area can benefit. Here they are:
- Sierra Club Foundation
- Rainforest Action Network
- Animals Asia Foundation
- National Brain Tumor Foundation
According to GoodSearch and GoodShop, “More than 100 new nonprofits and schools register daily.” Check out this free service and see if you can’t spread a little holiday cheer.