What do my new shoes have to do with clean water? Quite a lot, actually, because my shoe purchase is helping AWF fund the construction of clean water and sanitation projects in sub-Saharan Africa. I made the purchase through GoodShop, a searchable listing of thousands of online retailers who will donate a portion of your purchase (up to 8 percent, depending on the retailer) to the charity of your choice.
Five percent of the purchase price of my shoes was donated to AWF just because I clicked on the retailer's link on GoodShop. I also found a coupon for 10 percent off my order on GoodShop.
I was going to buy shoes anyway, so using GoodShop to get a good deal and earn money for AWF made sense to me. And it's not just shoes; I've used GoodShop when buying books, DVDs, clothes and flowers.
GoodShop is a product of GoodSearch, a search engine that donates 1 cent per web search to the charity of your choice. AWF has been listed with GoodSearch since December 2005, earning more than $1,300 in that time from its supporters' web searches and online purchases.
If you'd like your web searches or purchases to benefit AWF projects, click here and let the site know you're supporting African Well Fund (Schenectady, NY).