Day 10 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: SHOP FOR A CAUSE

In Chapter 10, “Use Your Decisions,” of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, I discuss online shopping for charity in which proceeds from your purchases go toward a certain cause. You can also visit online charity “malls”—shopping portals, like iGive.com, with links to major retailers like Sephora or services like Marriott International hotels. When you shop at these online malls, a portion of all sales goes to charity. And you don’t have to remember where you parked your car.

Today’s National Volunteer Month Action: SHOP FOR A CAUSE

Wipe Away Shopper’s Remorse:
IGive.com is a charity mall with over fifteen thousand organizations to choose from from Action Against Hunger to your local YMCA (you can nominate your preferred charity if it’s not already on the list). When you make a puchase through iGive, the retailer puts a percentage in your account. You can then redirect those funds to a partner charity. OneCause.com is another charity mall (with merchants like Dell, Disney, and Sheraton) where you can earn money for causes like American Forests and the American Cancer Society.  Don’t stop there!  You can shop for good on these charity malls too: Goodshop.com, BringPetsHome.org and Uptownliz.com.
 
If you’re going to shop anyway, why not look for purchases that make a difference?   
 
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A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

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Smart Spending – Hitting the charity malls

Forget the standard mall and head online to help give your favorite charity a much-needed financial boost…just by shopping.

Consumers can help their favorite causes by shopping at GoodShop.com where they can choose from more than 1,000 well known retailers including Target, Apple, Macy’s, Best Buy, Amazon, and others. Each time you shop on Goodshop.com retailers donate a percentage of your purchase to your favorite charity.  

The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop.com, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated. In addition, GoodShop.com provides you with coupons and deals for the stores. So, not only are you helping charity,  but you’re saving money while doing so!

More charity malls:

IGive.com

BringPetsHome.org

UptownLiz.com

GivingPal.com

If you’re going to shop online, shop through these sites and make your money count!