Easy and Free ways to give to your favorite charity website, feed hungry people, and empower people to better their lives

Laptop ComputerWe use the Internet daily for a variety of tasks. Why not mission? These three charity websites provide different online mission opportunities. As with many things, the strength of each of these opportunities is in the numbers of participants, so check them out for yourself and tell your friends. The Internet is a powerful tool signifying the interconnectedness of our global community. Let’s use that connectedness to do some good.

Good Search
GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! Advertising pays for the donation and you get to choose the charity. They have many nonprofits already listed in their database. If you can’t find you favorite nonprofit, follow the links to get it verified. The website includes easy-to-follow instructions for making GoodSearch your default search engine or homepage. Click on “Get the GoodSearch tool bar or add us to your search box”. Then click “IE Plugin” or “Firefox Plug in” depending on your web browser. Set GoodSearch as your default and you’ll be donating to charity every time you look up the weather, need composting tips, or any search for anything at all.

Also check out their affiliate GoodShop
Use GoodShop to find coupons and discounts at more than 1,000 stores, a portion of every purchase will go to the charity of your choice.

Studying for the SAT? Pride yourself in wordsmithyness (not a real word)? Going on a trip soon and need to expand your foreign language vocabulary? Want to prove that you really were listing in art history class or that you didn’t sleep through all of chemistry?Rice(50124) Then, visit FreeRice.org. For every quiz question you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger. Website sponsors pay for the rice.  Ten grains doesn’t sound like much until you click on the delivery video on the lower left part of the home page. The default quiz subject is English vocabulary but a quick click on subjects at the top of the page will allow you to find your forte. For competitive types it is easy to switch from starting your rice total over each time (the default) to remembering and tracking your personal rice donation. Simply click on options at the top of the page. Are you smarter than your fifth grader? Your tenth grader? FreeRice.org is a great way to donate food while learning. Why, just today I learned that bumbershoot means umbrella and that Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein.

Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. When you browse entrepreneurs' profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can re-lend to someone else in need. If you have $25 and an internet connection, you can be a global financier working to alleviate poverty worldwide. Here is more info on my experience using Kiva.

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