Be Charitable Without Spending A Dime


As the economy continues to squeeze donors, a recent report conducted by Campbell Rinker showed disturbing results—that nearly 7 in 10 Americans say they will give more sparingly to charities in the coming months. As a result, people are looking for other ways to support their favorite causes this holiday giving season.   Here are five ways people can “give without giving”: 

 Shop online. works with more than 2,500 retailers (including AmazonGapTargetStaples and Macy’s) to give a percentage of almost every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite charity.  In addition, GoodShop lists more than 100,000 coupons so that shoppers can save money and do good at the same time!  GoodShop currently works with more than 102,000 charities and schools. will give a penny to the charity of your choice with each search. It's as easy as clicking a button! 

Redeem credit card points. You and your family members to turn their unused credit card points into a charitable donation to your cause. Both American Expressand Citi Card offer this program.

Volunteer: There are a handful of companies that match volunteer hours with funds. For example, Microsoft will match volunteer time at $17 an hour through its Volunteer Time Matching program. BoeingExxonIntelChevron, and Bank of America have similar programs.

Dine out: works with more than 10,000 restaurants across the country and each time you dine, up to 6% of what you spend is donated to your favorite charity. 

Recycle your old electronics:  Send your electronics to and cash generated from that will be donated to charity.

Tips provided by, a Yahoo-powered search engine that gives back to the causes you care most about.