Donate to Charities While You Shop Online
After Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, you're probably feeling a bit shopped out. And no matter the degree to which you've mastered the art of shopping, it's unlikely that you've crossed off all the names on your holiday gift list. Well, there's a way for you to simultaneously buy and give back (on Giving Tuesday and well beyond it) and it's called Shop2Care, a web app that launched earlier this year.
Just register at shop2care.org using your name, email, and the state where you live, and follow the directions to download the Shop2Care browser app (available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari). Once you've enabled it, you simply use your browser as usual to shop online. If you make a purchase from participating retailers—which include stores such as Amazon, Nordstrom, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Home Depot, and Hertz (see the full list here)—a portion of the sale will automatically go to charity in the form of a rebate.
The average rebate is 5 percent of the purchase price, according to Shop2Care, and they pass along 100 percent of it to select not-for-profit organizations that are broken up into five cause categories: hunger, children, health, human services, and education. The charities range from online groups like DonorsChoose.org to more local ones like Dress for Success Denver (see all of the causes here).
Not only does the app make giving back an efficient and effortless process, but it also shows you exactly how much you've racked up in donations in your account. (Farewell, buyer's remorse!) Give things a try at shop2care.org.