5 Ways to Shop & Give on #GivingTuesday
For the past five years, November 29th has been globally recognized as Giving Tuesday.
Launched by the United Nations Foundation and 92nd Street Y, the campaign extends the Thanksgiving spirit in the U.S. and online shopping sprees from Black Friday and Cyber Monday to do good. Giving Tuesday leverages social media, e-commerce, and innovative partnerships for philanthropy and charitable giving.
E-commerce sites have joined this global day of giving by creating innovate ways to facilitate donations. These donations enable charities to diversify funding sources and plan for the upcoming year. If you want to participate in Giving Tuesday as you do your holiday shopping, these sites are for you.
1. Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is just like the regular Amazon.com, except for one important difference: 0.5% of purchases in Amazon Smile are donated to the charity of your choice. You simply select the charity you want to support and the Amazon Smile Foundation automatically delivers the donation. It’s that easy!
As of this month, almost $38 million dollars have been donated to almost 1 million charities.
On eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop, 100% of proceeds from product sales
are donated directly to charities. Only official “eBay for Charity” listings are in this marketplace.
GivingAssistant allows you to earn cash back on your purchases at 2,000+ online stores. Once you earn cash back, you decide whether to keep the earnings or donate them to charity. They partner with at least 100 charities, and you get to pick one for each purchase.
Today (Nov 29th) is the last day of their “Giving Week” campaign where they double every donation made to your chosen charity.
4. Goodshop Give
Similarly to GivingAssistant, Goodshop Give allows you to donate proceeds of your online purchases to charity. In this case, you have the cool option of creating your own cause. In this way, you can “shopfund” a specific project. You also have the option of donating directly to schools and community organizations.
An average of 3% of every purchase is donated to your chosen charity. To date, Goodshop Give has donated over $12 million.
Lastly, consider shopping at companies with donation-based models previously featured in Responsibuys: RomaBoots, Janji, Lush, Denik, and c(3) Wines.