Websites Help Raise Money For Texoma Non-Profits

If you plan on doing your holiday shopping online there's now a way you can give back at the same time.

It's a website called GoodShop and several Texoma non-profits are benefiting from its services.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers found out the good news about GoodShop is you can give to the charity of your choice at no additional cost to you.

"We hear every single day from the organizations that we work with that they are struggling this year because of the economy. Donations are down at the same time that need is up," GoodSearch co-founder JJ Ramberg said.

GoodSearch and GoodShop are designed to help fill in that funding gap.

GoodSearch is an Internet browser.  You select a non-profit you want to support and for every search, that organization is given one penny.

"Instead of going to Google, go to GoodSearch," Missions Coordinator at Colonial Baptist Church, Chad Crowley said.

Colonial is one of the GoodSearch recipients so Chad and several other members try to use it as much as they can.

"It adds up seven or eight times a day, I know there are some people in church who use it 15 to 20 times a day," Crowley said.

The other way non-profits can receive funding is through GoodShop.

"All you do is you go to GoodShop.com, enter in your favorite non-profit or school, and then click through to any of our partner retailers from Amazon all the way to Petco and Orbitz. You shop on their site just as you normally would and a percentage of what you spend goes back to your designated cause at no extra cost to you," Ramberg said.

Some businesses will donate up to 30 percent of your purchase price to your selected organization.

Since three years ago when Colonial first partnered with GoodShop and GoodSearch the church has received more than $300.

It's not a lot but it's free and they know there's a lot of potential.

"The church uses that money and it goes into our missions budget for outreach and local missions projects," Crowley said.

There are 94,000 organizations earning money from the GoodShop and GoodSearch sites. The Junior League, Backdoor Theatre, and the Wichita Falls Little League are just a few of the Texoma organizations you can choose to benefit.

For more information on these websites click here.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6