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Helping others is as easy as clicking on a link

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By Mark Schnyder
WAVE 3 Investigator

LOUISVILLE (WAVE)
-- Many of you will be clicking a mouse to do your holiday shopping. If you do, you can help send money to the charity of your choice without one dollar coming from your wallet. WAVE 3's Mark Schnyder has details on a couple of shopping search engines you've got to check out before you start buying gifts online.

When you go to www.goodsearch.com, you search and they give to more than 47,000 non-profits across the country including eight in Kentuckiana. You choose where you want the money to go. Every time you do a search from www.goodsearch.com about one penny goes to your charity of choice -- say Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for example.

"We wanted to do it ourselves first to be sure that the dollars really came back to us and that it was a legitimate thing and we found out it really was," said Jeri Swinton, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.

And on Goodsearch, you can see how your charity is doing. The local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter has raised more than $230 since it got on the website more than a year ago.

"For us, it's the easiest possible way to raise money because we do nothing," says Swinton.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Kentuckiana chapter is just getting started.

"We've just recently signed up, so it's really, I think, $10 right now, but if more people put it in their favorites and every time they use the search engine, they're using Goodsearch, then it's going to benefit us," said Twynette Davidson, executive director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Kentuckiana chapter.

At www.goodshop.com, it gets even better. There, you pick from hundreds of retailers and you can see what percentage of your purchase will go to your charity or non-profit before you start shopping. Zappos, for instance gives six percent of what you buy to the charity you've chosen. The local non-profits love this.

"A lot of us shop online so it's great that at this time of year they initiated this program to benefit our organization and so many others," Davidson said.

Swinton says every penny makes a difference for them. "The money that comes to big brothers big sisters helps us recruit, train and support volunteers who serve as friends and role models," Swinton said.

Here's a list of the Kentuckiana non-profits currently on www.goodsearch.com:

  • Animal Adoption Network of Kentuckiana
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana
  • Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Kentuckiana
  • Kentuckiana Pug Rescue
  • Kentuckiana Institute of Developmental Services
  • Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana

Online Reporter: Mark Schnyder

Online Producer: Michael Dever