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GoodSearch offers a suite of services which allow its users to support their favorite nonprofit or school through simple everyday actions including searching the web search, shopping online, dining at participating restaurants, taking surveys, and playing online games. The company contributes 50% of its revenue to the cause designated by the user. The money donated comes from the search engine advertisers, merchants and participating restaurants.
According to the company's website, as of September 2013, more than 107,000 non-profits are participating in the program, 15 million individuals have utilized the service taking 1.2 billion charitable actions and more than $10 million has been donated.
For example, as of September 2013 the ASPCA has earned over $50,000, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has earned more than $20,000 and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has earned more than $18,000.
GoodSearch was founded in November 2005 by siblings Ken Ramberg (Co-Founder of JOBTRAK, purchased by Monster.com and operating today as MonsterCollege) and JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's weekend show Your Business. In 2011, Scott Garell, former President of Ask Networks, including Ask.com and Dictionary.com, joined GoodSearch as CEO.
GoodSearch is a Yahoo-partnered search engine (thus using the Bing search engine), that donates 50% of its revenue, about a penny per search, to listed charities and schools designated by its users. The money donated comes from the site's advertisers. Users can designate which of the selected charities their searches benefit and also see how much money and how many searches have been performed on behalf of each charity. The company was issued U.S. Patent #7,769,738 in August, 2010 for its system of enabling recipients (e.g. nonprofits) to receive a benefit as the result of searches performed by individuals.
In September 2007, GoodSearch launched an online shopping mall called GoodShop. The company has affiliations with more than 3,000 online retailers including Amazon, Target, Staples, Best Buy and Apple. A percentage of each purchase, as indicated on the GoodShop site, is donated to the user's designated charity or school.
In November 2011, GoodSearch launched a charitable dining program called GoodDining. With GoodDining, users can eat in or take out at 10,000 restaurants nationwide and earn up to 6% donations for their favorite charity or school.
In February, 2013 GoodSurveys, was introduced. Pioneering a unique way to give back, Goodsurveys offers users the opportunity to earn donations for their favorite cause simply by taking a survey. Goodsurveys provides a wide range of frequently-updated surveys that users can take for free. When a survey is completed, Goodsurveys donates about a dollar (on average) to the user’s favorite non-profit or school. Users can take consumer or health-related surveys or sometimes simply watch promotional videos to raise funds.
In April 2013 GoodGames was introduced. With GoodGames, the hundreds of millions of U.S. players of online games can now give back with every game they play. GoodGames is the first online game provider to give everyday cash donations for free to the nonprofit or school of the player’s choosing.
In August 2013 GoodSwipe was introduced. GoodSwipe is a way to raise donations simply by swiping your credit or debit card for everyday purchases. GoodSwipe automatically gives cash donations of up to three percent of purchases made when users swipe their card at over 75,000 national retailer and restaurant locations across the U.S.