Houston Philanthropic Society Is Doing Good One Internet Search or Online Purchase at a Time

Oct 28, 2010, 11:04 ET from Houston Philanthropic Society

HOUSTON, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What if even a fraction of the billions of dollars generated by search engine advertisers and online shopping was directed towards supporting local charities?

That is the concept behind GoodSearch.com, a new search engine powered by Yahoo! GoodSearch donates 50% of its revenue, approximately a penny per search, to the charities designated by its users.  You use it exactly as you would any other search engine and the pennies add up quickly – just 500 people searching four times a day will earn around $7,300 in a year.  It doesn't cost the users a thing!

Similarly with GoodShop.com, consumers are helping their favorite causes by shopping at hundreds of well known retailers including Amazon, Target, Apple, Macy's, Best Buy, Orbitz, Staples and others.  The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated to the user's favorite cause!

Houston Philanthropic Society recently registered with the sites, giving its supporters a chance to raise money for their cause every time they search the Internet or shop online.  The goal is to earn money to pay for hosting educational events for local charity representatives, community members and philanthropy professionals.  

More than 88,000 non-profits and schools are registered on the site and more than 100 organizations are registering daily. Users are assured of high quality results - but each time you search, money is generated by the advertisers for your favorite charity or school.  

"As a non-profit charity working to support our non-profit community, every penny counts," says Deena Carstens Munn, of Houston Philanthropic Society.  "While searching or shopping online, why not raise money for our cause?  Using GoodSearch and GoodShop is so easy."

"We know there are a lot of people who want to do good, but may not have the time or the money to help out," said Ken Ramberg, Co-Founder of GoodSearch and former President of MonsterTRAK, the largest online career site for college students (now a division of Monster.com). "GoodSearch and GoodShop make it as easy as possible.  We've taken something people do every day and turned it into doing good."

About Houston Philanthropic Society (Houston PS)

Founded in 2009, Houston Philanthropic Society is a registered non-profit organization focused on connecting and educating our community to promote philanthropy in Houston. Houston PS works with local 501(c)3 charities at no charge to help keep Houstonians up-to-date and connected to charity news, events, jobs, wishes and educational tools for donors.

Members include local philanthropists, non-profit employees, social entrepreneurs, corporate philanthropy professionals, industry service providers and an array of individuals who provide support to local charities.  http://www.houstonps.org

SOURCE Houston Philanthropic Society