Imagine that you shop online at one of your preferred stores–and the store donates a percentage to A.R.E. of NY, or any cause you choose, at no extra cost to you!
Imagine if every time you do an online search, money is donated to a charity you care about—at no cost to you!
You don’t have to just imagine these things because they are real and available–through “Goodsearch” and “Goodshop.”
How Did It Start?
GoodSearch and Goodshop are the brainchildren of J.J. Ramberg, host of the program Your Business on MSNBC and author of It's Your Business, and her brother Ken Ramberg. After selling his company, JOBTRAK, to Monster.com, Ken hoped to do something game-changing in the philanthropic world. "What if a percentage of the billions of dollars earned by search engine giants was directed to the users' favorite causes?" he thought.
J.J. Ramberg and her brother developed the concept for Goodsearch while she reported for CNN in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. "Seeing what was happening all around me made me believe more than ever that I needed to do something that would help not only these people and these cities, but all the causes that need so much support around the country,” she said. (Quotes from http://www.goodsearch.com/team.)
More than 15 million people used Goodsearch last year to support more than 100,000 non-profits and schools. Since 2006, Goodsearch users have raised more than $9 million, participated in over 1.1 billion charitable actions, and have truly made a difference.
How Does it Work?
GoodSearch: Search engines make money from their advertisers. Goodsearch has patented a way to track and direct the search-generated proceeds to causes. A portion of the advertiser dollars (not your own!) earned as a result of your searches is passed on to the organization you've chosen to support.
Goodshop: You shop online and participating stores donate a percentage to your charity.
How Do I Do It?
Go to http://www.goodsearch.com/ and register the cause you want to benefit. To make A.R.E. of NY the charity you shop for, you’ll need to type in Association for Research and Enlightenment of New York.
Goodshop: To shop online and generate donations for your cause, first be sure you’ve registered the cause you will shop for, then on the Goodsearch/Goodshop site, www.goodsearch.com/ click Goodshop and access your store from that site. Or download Goodshop’s new mobile shopping app at http://www.goodsearch.com/mobile.
When you shop via Goodshop you find the most up-to-date coupons and deals at over 2,400 popular online retailers and a percent of every purchase goes to your cause! Participating stores include:
Bed Bath and Beyond
and many more.
Goodsearch: Register your cause, then you can download a free App that adds GoodSearch as the default search provider in your browser from http://www.goodsearch.com/goodto-go/plugin. Or just bookmark Goodsearch and go there to search online.
Goodsearch is powered by Yahoo and is an effective search engine. The charity you “good-search” for receives about a penny with each search. It’s a small amount, but when we all do it, it adds up. If you can search successfully and have a donation of any size go to a good cause, that’s better than doing the same search with no donation! There is no charge to you for any of this.
While Goodsearch and Goodshop will not take the place of other contributions to A.R.E. of NY or other charities, they offer a way to make a better world by just doing things you would have done anyway! And when lots of us participate, the result can be a real boon for A.R.E. of NY. Imagine that!