Giving while you shop
What if every purchase you made at more than 3,000 stores (from Toys “R” Us to Best Buy) also earned a donation for your favorite North Carolina charity or local school? GoodShop.com is an online shopping mall that donates up to 30 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause. It also provides coupons and free shipping deals. There are currently more than 100,000 charities and schools benefitting from GoodSearch. Those in North Carolina range from the Big Brothers Big Sisters — Western North Carolina in Asheville and Animal Awareness Society in Randleman to Pernell Swett High School in Pembroke and Bogue Elementary School in Newport. Here is how the site works. Go to www.goodshop.com, put in your favorite charity or school in the “Who do you GoodSearch for” box (you only have to do this the first time). It will then verify whether the charity or school is on its list. (To browse through participating schools and charities, click on “Participating Nonprofits” at top of the home page. It will allow you to designate North Carolina-only organizations.) Once your selection is verified, you then click through to stores and shop as you normally would. A percentage of what you spend will go to your cause.