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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Shop with a purpose.

So you like to shop? No problem with that, just make sure your shopping does double duty: enjoy your new finds and help someone else in the process. Here are four organizations that allow you to shop online with various merchants through their site. When you do so, a portion of your purchase price is donated to the charity of your choice:

* Benevolink works with hundreds of online businesses which contribute a percentage of every dollar you spend to the nonprofit organizations of your choice. Click here for an Atlanta Journal-Consitution article on Benevolink.

* IGive.com works with almost 600 online businesses and donates up to 27% of the purchase price to your favorite worthy cause.

* Buy for Charity claims to have the largest donations on the web. Shop at over 350 stores and a portion of your purchase price goes to the charity you choose.

* WellSpent.org sells books, electronics, tools, computers, and home and garden ware. A portion of the purchase price will go to your favorite charity.

Note that for the shopper, the contributions are not tax-deductible. That's why the businesses participate. Since they make the donation, it's tax deductible for them. But since you're going to shop anyway, that probably doesn't matter. If you run a non-profit, considering registering your organization. That way, shoppers can more easily support your work. In each case, almost any charity qualifies and it's free for them to join. So think of your favorites and start shopping! In the words of Benevolink, "I Shop. Therefore I Give."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can keep track of what's happening in the world of corporate social responsibility through Benevolink's employee blog:

benevolink.blogspot.com

Karama said...

Thanks so much, Bob! Yours is a great blog, from a perspective I haven't seen yet. Thank you for letting us know about it, and thanks also for mentioning 'So what can I do' in today's post. Please visit again.

Karama said...

Just FYI, Wellspent.org is now closed. :(

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