As you turn your attention to buying holiday gifts and doling out year-end charitable donations, there's an easy way to manage both tasks online.
At www.goodshop.com, select your favorite charity or school to receive a percentage of your purchase. More than 60,000 nonprofit organizations participate in the program.
Using this free service, you can shop online at about 500 popular retailers from Amazon to Wal-Mart. The shopping experience and the prices are the same except for one delightful benefit: By using GoodShop, between .5 percent and 37 percent of the purchase price is donated to the charity of your choice.
A similar model applies when you conduct Internet searches. By using the search engine at www.goodsearch.com, approximately one cent gets donated to your designated nonprofit group. These tiny donations can mount up: Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise more than $7,000 a year. And it won't cost them anything.