What if you could use the power of the internet for good?
It’s not just hypothetical. You really can. GoodSearch.com allows you to choose a nonprofit organization or school and then, donates money to that organization based on your use of the search engine. So, even if you are stuck at your computer all work day long you can be giving along the way!
What is GoodSearch.com?
According to the site, “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!”
Giving The Most Out of Goodsearch.com
The FAQs for GoodSearch reveal what searches do not generate revenue. If you are familiar with this you can make all your searches count. So read this first:
Do all of my searches count toward donations?
All of your searches will count toward donations except for the following: 1) image searches; 2) video searches; 3) “search this site” searches; 4) searches for URL’s (i.e., search terms ending in .com, .org, .net, .edu); 5) searches to sites for which the URL is well known such as HotMail, ESPN, MySpace, Facebook, GMail, AOL, etc.; 6) searches for stock quotes; 7) searches for word definitions; 8 ) Yellow Pages searches; 9) any searches generated from fraudulent use of the site.
Non-Profits and Schools
You can search through the nonprofits alphabetically, by type, by state, or with keywords. There are plenty to choose from, but if you have something specific in mind and can’t find it listed, there is the option of adding it to the list. So find something that meets your passion and start searching.
Incorporating Good Searches In
Now I know that we all have our go-to search engines and toolbars that we habitually use, so here are just a couple of suggestions if you aren’t ready to fully commit to a new one.
Use GoodSearch.com for a set period of time. Maybe it’s one day, one week, or one month. Maybe every Monday you can use GoodSearch.com instead of the quicksearch bar. Even that can make a difference.
Use GoodSearch.com as your default search engine on one of your devices. Stick with Google on your iPhone and work computer, but make GoodSearch.com your homepage on your home computer. A little can go a long way.