Save the world without getting up, or How to use Goodsearch for fun and charity

If you’re reading this, you’re probably on a browser right now. According to Google Analytics, most of you are reading this entry on Firefox, and seeing a non-Internet Explorer majority, even on a tiny site like SWAT, makes me leap with joy. Even if you aren’t, you very likely have a search bar somewhere on your screen. If you’re using a desktop RSS reader or for some reason don’t have a search bar (hello, Epiphany), then imagine your search engine of choice in your head.

Have that image? Good.

Now imagine using that search to donate to the charity of your choice. Enter Goodsearch.

When you visit the homepage, you’re prompted with the general search box, along with another field. This is where you choose your charity. If you have only a certain cause in mind, you can search for that too. If you really have no clue, check out the list of participating charities, where you can search by state and category. Sorry, non-US folks, but most if not all of the charities listed are US-based.

Once you’ve chosen the organization you want to support, search like you ordinarily do. You can even shop using Goodsearch’s Goodshop while you shop online. Search for the store you want to shop at, and a percentage of your purchase will go to your selected organization, and you don’t have to pay a single cent beyond the price of whatever you were buying anyway.

That wasn’t too hard, was it? Each search raises about a cent, but three searches a day will raise over ten dollars every year. That adds up if a lot of people participate. Just ask the Office of Letters and Light, the people who run NaNoWriMo.


Haiti relief post

You may have heard about the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on Tuesday. If you’re looking for a way to help out, make sure you donate directly to a relief organization and not to a middleman. Unfortunately, scammers are great at using times of crisis to act as the middleman when none are needed. The popular method of texting the word “Haiti” to the number 90999 will donate $10 to the American Red Cross and charge the $10 to your phone bill. Here are some more texting donations you can use:

*Text the word “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti foundation.
*Text the word “HAITI” to 20222 to donate $10 to the Clinton
*Text “HAITI” to 25383 to donate $5 to the International Rescue Committee.
*Text “HAITI” to 85944 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps.

If you’re still undecided, why not ask Hunch how you can help? Don’t forget to do your research before handing over the money.