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Help Your Favorite Charity for Free: Search-Engine Clicking through Earns Money for Charities

By Vicki McClure Davidson


We all spend so much time searching the Internet for various information and things, so why not use a search engine that actually donates money to your favorite charity while you search? It makes perfect sense, and the best part is that you personally don't have to spend a nickel. Or, frankly, spend anything at all. this charitable service available for free at is an easy-to-use search engine that is powered by Yahoo! Just go to, enter the charity you want to support in the provided field, and search. If you your favorite cause isn't represented, you can add it. You can also change your charity as often as you like. The site's tagline motto is You Search We Give. Each search earns one penny for your charity. If you're like me on the weekends, with marathon searches on the Internet, those pennies will quickly add up. Five hundred people searching four times a day could generate about $7,300 a year, according to

Season 4 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is one of many celebrities who has been featured in the charity section of | Photo credit:
Season 4 <em>American Idol</em> winner Carrie Underwood is one of many celebrities who has been featured in the charity section of | Photo credit:

The site also provides, in the section "Who's Doing Good," a listing of many entertainers, sports figures, and music bands who tirelessly devote energy and money to charitable causes. Celebs include Bette Midler, Carrie Underwood, Andre Agassi, Emeril Lagasse, John Legend, Incubus, Teri Hatcher, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Clay Aiken, Peyton Manning, Tony Hawk, Taylor Swift, Patrick Dempsey, Kelly Clarkson, Bill Cosby, Ty Pennington, The Edge, Gloria Estefan, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay, Tyra Banks, Lance Armstrong, Dave Matthews Band, and Salma Hayek. Reading their testimonials about the philanthropic work they do for charities lifts the soul, and affirms that not all celebrities are jaded, shallow, self-centered, or devoted to wasteful spending.

A new feature on the site is GoodShop. You can choose from more than 700 retail sites; up to 30 percent of your purchases will be donated by GoodSearch to the charity of your choice.

The list of non-profit charities and schools that are supported by GoodSearch is lengthy, and includes,,,,,, and more than 71,000 others.

From the GoodSearch website's FAQ section:

We all have a cause we care about – whether it's finding a cure for cancer, saving the environment, finding homes for abandoned pets or so many other worthwhile endeavors. But what we don't all have is the time or money to support these efforts as much as we'd like. So, what if we could raise money for our favorite charities and schools by doing something we do every day — searching the Internet?

That's the question Ken Ramberg (the former founder of JOBTRAK, now a division of and JJ Ramberg (an MSNBC anchor and the former Director of Marketing at asked themselves a few years ago. After realizing what a fraction of the $8 billion generated annually by search engine advertisers could do if it were directed towards organizations trying to make the world a better place, they launched GoodSearch in 2005.

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

Our goal is to help as many nonprofits and schools as possible. We want to help fund the great works they are doing. And, as important as the money, GoodSearch allows people to feel connected to organizations helping to make the world a better place and support them every single day. We believe that "doing good" should be a part of people's everyday lives.

Go to the website and, by using it for all your 'Net browsing, you can support the charity of your choice without it costing you anything.


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Source: website (, December 2008.