Indirect Giving results when normal actions that you take result in donations being made to a charity of your choosing. These actions are quite common, such as shopping or searching on the Internet. The difference is that you can use these normal, ordinary actions to create accumulative, small donations. The following two examples illustrate Indirect Giving.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations?

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Can I change my charity?

Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”

How much of my purchase does Amazon donate?

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.

Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile?

Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

To learn more about AmazonSmile click on the image below.

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What is GoodSearch?

Simply do good.

That’s the phrase we have up on our wall here at Goodsearch. Why? Well, because doing good can be simple. And a simple act, combined with those of the millions of other people on Goodsearch, can make a big difference in the world — it can feed a child, help find a cure, plant a tree, create a home for a stray dog, and do so much more. Helping a cause you care about and making the world a better place can be something you do every day — not only when you have time to volunteer or extra money to donate. This is what Goodsearch is all about. We give you the ability to turn your everyday actions into simple ways to support and raise funds for your favorite cause.

Join the movement!

Goodsearch started as an idea…and now it has turned into a movement. More than 15 million people used Goodsearch last year to support more than 100,000 non-profits and schools. Since 2006, Goodsearch users have raised more than $9 million, participated in over 1.1 billion charitable actions, and have truly made a difference.

How has the money been used?

Organizations have used the money raised from Goodsearch to do everything from supporting cancer research, to buying books for a local library, to helping find homes for stray dogs, to cleaning up local rivers. The National Inclusion Project, for example, which helps children with disabilities, has used the money its supporters have raised through Goodsearch to send more than 400 kids to summer camp.

So, how can I simply do good?

It’s easy. Just pick a cause you care about – we work with large national organizations like The American Cancer Society and The Nature Conservancy, to local ones like high schools and animal shelters (if your cause isn’t listed, you can add it here. Then, as you go about your daily activities, you’ll be raising money for that cause – at no cost to you! You can watch the dollars add up right here on the site. And, as you share your actions with your friends, you can inspire them to also make a difference every single day.

The two primary ways you can earn money are through searching the Internet and shopping online. Here’s a quick explanation of each of them:

  • Goodsearch: Search the Internet with our patent-protected, Yahoo!-powered search engine (just like you’d search on any other search engine), and we’ll donate about a penny for nearly all searches to your selected cause.
  • GoodshopShop at one of our more than 5,000 participating stores and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to your cause at no cost to you. Oh, and by the way, there’s a big added bonus here too. Goodshop lists more than 100,000 coupons and deals so you could save money while doing good!

Ready to start making a difference?

We hope you are, and we are here as a partner to help you in any way we can. If you’re ready to join our movement and simply do good today, click on the image below.

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If you have any questions about the information on this page or how to do any of the options on this page, please talk to Pastor Roger Monsma for help.

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