It seems that recently there has been an outbreak in giving to charity and charity events have been popping up left and right. I think this outpouring of humanity is wonderful given the fact that so many are jobless, homeless or in some circumstances have experienced both misfortunes.
Recently, I was introduced to a new website called www.bettertheworld.com. Better the World is a site that provides Internet users everywhere with a cost-free way to raise money for the charity of their choice just by surfing the web. How it works is simple—when you are surfing the Internet you are already seeing ads that corporations are paying for you to see. By joining Better The World and downloading its tools, you still see ads, but now 90% of the revenue from Better The World ads goes to a charity you pick. And, as an added bonus these ads are all from companies that have social responsibility programs, social products and services, have products of interest to our members, or are non-profits.
By going to www.bettertheworld.com members can immediately start raising money by:
1. Choosing a charity you are passionate about.
2. Downloading a sidebar and Google-powered search toolbar (both seamlessly integrate into Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox).
3. Surfing the Internet as usual.
They work with charity partners such as Habitat for Humanity, The United Way and The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. I picked the Children’s Miracle Network. I downloaded the sidebar Saturday morning and by Sunday afternoon I have accumulated 328 points. Sounds like a lot to me and all I did was go about my usual business of surfing around the web. I love the fact that I am doing something to better the world while I’m on the computer working, searching and communicating.
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