Giving Back Has Never Been Easier

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You may be feeling the squeeze.  There are so many charities doing great work that you’d like to support but you feel you are either not in a financial position to give money or your donation is too small to make a difference (which is never the case, but more on that later).  So what can you do to still make an impact?  Rest assured, there are some easy, no cost options that you might not have considered:

1.  AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com,

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you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. The Milton Community Youth Coalition is a recognized nonprofit.   If you already use Amazon to make purchases, there is no need to set up a new account!  On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select the Milton Community Youth Coalition to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

 

2. GoodSearch

No matter what your cause is, you can find a way to support it through the philanthropic search engine tool, GoodSearch.   To choose the MCYC, simply type in “Milton Community Youth Coalition” in the search field and GoodSearch will donate 50% of its advertising revenue back to the MCYC!  Once a few people hop on board, the funds add up fast: If a charity has 200 supporters who each use the search tool once a day, that can add up to $730 in donations for the year.  goodsearch-logoBest of all, GoodSearch recently added a GoodShop tool, which allows you to donate a percentage of the cost of your purchases to the charity of your choice. The store choices include all the big names like Amazon, Best Buy, and Travelocity, so be sure to click through from the site whenever you’re planning a new purchase –you’ll finally have an excuse to feel good about shopping!

 

3. Cash in Your Credit Card Rewards

If you regularly use a rewards credit card to pay for things, you can use the points or cash back you earn to make a donation to your favorite charity. Discover, Capital One and American Express are just three credit card companies that feature rewards cards that can be linked to charitable giving. Depending on the type of card you use, you can set up a one-time or recurring donation to the charity of your choice. Some credit card companies will even give you a bonus if you use your card to make a cash donation.

 

4. Ebay Giving Works

eBayGivingWorks_255x225Start selling for charity!  Integrated into eBay’s regular buying and selling platform, eBay Giving Works makes it easy for people to support important causes, both in the U.S. and abroad. It enables sellers to donate a portion of their sales and buyers to shop while supporting their favorite charities — all the while giving nonprofits an opportunity to engage new supporters.  Visit www.givingworks.ebay.com to get started and select Milton Community Youth Coalition to receive 1%-100% of the sale of your items!

 

5.  iGive

Shopping via iGive.com is essentially a store rebate program where iGive members have the opportunity to donate their rebate to their chosen cause.  After visiting iGive.com and selecting the Milton Community Youth Coalition, iGive will be added to your browser telling participating stores that you want your shopping to support your favorite charity.  After using an iGive link to the store’s website, you shop as you normally would. There are no extra steps, no iGive notifications when making payments.  The donations happen behind the scenes.

Giving back doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. Sometimes, all it takes is a little bit of time and creativity to make a big difference.  Each small donation really adds up and can make a difference in the lives of youth and families in your community!