Thursday, March 10, 2011

How to make money online for charity

Here's the continuation from How to make "money" online, but this time I'm going to tell you how I make money online for charities (and notice, no quotes around the word money now because these ideas all make real money for the charities).

money ideas
Image:  Pixomar

  • eScrip:  Register your grocery loyalty cards and credit cards and choose from a list of charities where you want your contributions to go. Spend up to $300 at Safeway (for example) each month and eScrip will donate 1% of your spending to the charity you've chosen. If you spend more, the percentage increases.

    The Breast Cancer Site
  • Click to Give: Make your homepage The Breast Cancer Site and every time you open a new window, click to give a free mammogram. Last year's clicks alone funded 2,808 mammograms by their sponsors. You can also shop through their website to raise additional funds. Other charities that participate include The Veterans Site, The Literacy Site and The Hunger Site... how can you pick just one?

  • Shopping at (Your non-profit of choice will have to get this set up). Our church when we lived in Hawaii (Harbor Church Hawaii Kai) has their own redirect link: We shop a lot on and every time we click on the bookmarked redirect link, our church gets a credit towards their next purchase. I'm sure it is a very small portion of what we spend, but every little bit helps.

  • Good Search: This search engine raises money for the charity of your choice every time you search. I use it to raise money for Biola University, which has made $138.38 since they joined.
Play Freerice and feed the hungry
  • Take a trivia quiz and for each question you get right, the World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice to help end world hunger.  

  • Your favorite charity: Check out the "get involved" section of your favorite charity's website. There might be opportunities for you to give free money to them by shopping online through their website. I just signed up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to donate 25% of the purchase price to CFF for anyone who enters "CFF" in the Notes to Seller section of my Etsy shop. Many other sellers on Etsy do the same thing for their favorite charities!

I can vouch for these programs because I've been using them all for at least 2 years. There are plenty more like them that I have not tried, such as Connect to Charity, iGive and GoodShop. Leave me a comment if you have any other ideas!


  1. I've used Free Rice. It's good GRE test prep.

  2. I appreciate your sharing the ways that you contribute to charity online. It's always good to know which is a good one. Your newest follower from EBT, welcome!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing. I need to look into some of these.

  4. I do the Hunger Site group and Free Rice, too. Isn't it amazing how easy it is to help?

  5. A. Alexandra- That is too funny! Trivia does sharpen your mind, right?

  6. Emily-Claire- You're welcome! They're all easy ways to give to charity without even digging into your own pockets.

  7. Paige- So easy! The redirect link and GoodSearch don't even take an extra second of your time.

  8. Check out We Give Books:

    When you read a book online, they donate a book to another child. How awesome is that??! Yeah for literacy!!

    Great post Tricia!

  9. Rebecca- That's a good one! I'm always looking for new books for my Little Sweets (more for me than for her). Fun!

  10. You can also use Connect to Charity to raise funds for charity organizations. It is supporting more than 1.8M nonprofits by spreading the word amongst potential donors by creating online fundraising pages and Facebook Aps for promotion.

  11. Thanks for some direction and help. Today is my first day starting to raise money online for a charity. I'm in the researching ideas stage and your article has given me some ideas.
    I'm working for
    I still have to set a home page and register and everything.

    Keep up the good work :-)

    ps (I have a beautiful, wonderful 3 year old daughter :-)

  12. Thanks Mark! Just added Connect to Charity to the list.

    I'm glad this could be helpful to you and thanks for checking out my blog, Anonymous!

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