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, 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: 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. 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:, and
If you’re going to shop anyway, why not look for purchases that make a difference?   
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~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.

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 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 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, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated. In addition, 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:

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

By Invitation Only, Gilt Groupe Designer sale to Help Haiti

You’ve texted in your contributions to support Haiti. Now you have the opportunity to shop in support of Haitian Relief. Here’s your chance to purchase fabulous items from the Gilt Groupe to benefit charities  assisting victims of the earthquake.

A fabulous discount designer site, Gilt Groupe is having a special sale to help Haiti. The sale will include TOMS shoes and FEED totes, as well as limited-edition T-shirts by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Net proceeds from this exclusive sale on Gilt Groupe will benefit charities directly assisting victims of the earthquake. The sale begins this Sunday February 21st at 9pm ET.

If you’re not already a member of Gilt and have been waiting to join the shopping fun, click here to join as my guest. (You must be invited to become a member of the Gilt Groupe – membership is free!)

Gilt Groupe – Sales for Haiti

Sunday 2/21 9pm EST

TOMS Shoes

Women’s Gold Slip On, $54, Men’s Canvas Slip On, $44


Feed Haiti Tote, $35

CFDA Tee (Unisex),$25