Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Surfing for Good

Last week I looked at a few environmental campaigns you could support to get a feel good buzz after Blue Monday. It's important for charities to have support for their campaigns with letter writing and petition signing, but without money coming in there'll be no way to fund these projects. While many people donate to charities this is often one of the first things to go when austerity hits. So if you're feeling the pinch but still want to give what can you do? Today I'm looking at a few websites that let you give to charity, without you having to part with you own hard earned cash.

I can't remember how our family discovered FreeRice but we quickly became addicted. This website tests (and teaches) English vocab, other languages, geography and even some science with simple multiple choice questions. Each time you answer a question right the site will donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme, 10 grains on its own isn't very much but it adds up quickly and in its first ten months the site donated over 42 billion grains of rice. Have a go, and see how addictive it is, at

Most of us use search engines all day, every day. What was that actor's name? Where do clown fish live in the world? Who was number one on the day I was born? It's amazing the amount of information at our fingertips by just clicking a button. And just clicking is all you need to do to give to charity using the EveryClick website. This site is a search engine powered by Yahoo and every time you search through it they donate to charity. You can also use a specific charity's EveryClick page, like this one for BirdLife International. Just go to to start your searching.

That's two sites that let you give without actually giving, but there are also "click through" websites that donate to charity when you use them to shop. A couple of examples are here and here.

I'm sure there are lots more out there. If anyone knows any good ones I'd love to hear about them!

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