Just needed to share a little shout out for Goodsearch and Goodshop (especially because I'm not one to jump and try every new thing- even good things like this- without prompting).
When I was home visiting my parents last week, I noticed that they had changed their homepage to Goodsearch. I had of course heard of them, but just hadn't really gotten around to using them.
If you don't know what Goodsearch is, it's a web search Engine like Google or Yahoo or Bing, only it allows you to designate a charity and typically every search you make nets that charity $.01. (Image searches, and searches for well known domains like Facebook don't count towards the total). If your computer accepts cookies, Goodsearch will save which charity you're giving to. If your computer doesn't, you have to re-enter the charity each time. But you can change charities each search so if you want to give to the local school but your husband wants to give to the Wildlife Federation, you can just change it each search. There is a link that you can even follow how much your charity has raised to date.
Well, using it all week, I've found out it's rather neat. The search engine is very good and very relavent. It was easy to use and I rather enjoyed checking out the different charities.
Now I've found Goodshop which is linked through Goodsearch. If you use Goodshop to get to your favorite online shopping places, a percentage of your purchases (varying by shop) will also be donated to your desginated charity. I did some searching around tonight and MANY crafting places are included... Amazon, Walgreens, Shutterfly, Sizzex, Joann.com, Sam's Club (not Cosco though)... just to name a few.
I thought I'd pass this on to you gals because I know how caring you all are and hey, why not do something awesome while we're mucking on the internet or crafting? Because of where we live, we do a lot of online shopping. It only takes a few extra seconds to link through Goodshop before shopping. I'm now helping St. Paul's Lutheran School- Fairmont while getting fun and essentials.