GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!
In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user's designated charity or school — averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.
General Questions - GoodSearch
How do I raise money for my favorite charity or school through GoodSearch?
Last year search engines generated close to $8 billion in revenue from advertisers. We've developed a way to direct some of that money to the causes you care about most. It's easy ... every time you search the Internet at GoodSearch.com, your charity or school earns money and the more you search, the more they make. Add up the money generated from all your searches and those done by the millions of other people who we hope will use GoodSearch, and we can make a real difference to the people and causes that need funds most.
How does it work?
On the GoodSearch homepage, choose from thousands of organizations or add your favorite cause to our list.
Search the Internet just like you normally would — the site is powered by Yahoo!, so you'll get high-quality search results.
Fifty percent of the revenue generated from advertisers is shared with the charity, school or nonprofit organization of your choosing.
Are the search results going to be as good as the search engine I am using now?
GoodSearch.com is powered by Yahoo! so you'll get high-quality search results!
How much money could this generate for my charity or school?
We estimate that each Web search will generate approximately $0.01 for the designated charity or school (image, video and site-specific searches are not included). It quickly adds up! Here's an example of how much your organization can earn:
The sky is the limit. The more people use GoodSearch, the more money will be directed towards causes. There is no cap on how much money we will direct to charities.
Where does the money come from?
Search engines make most of their money from companies that pay an advertising fee when users click on links during a search. At GoodSearch, we've developed a patent-pending way to track and direct these search-generated proceeds to charities. In other words, a portion of advertiser dollars (and not your own!) earned as a result of your search, are now passed along to the organization you've chosen to support.
Do the users ever have to pay anything?
No. GoodSearch provides people a way to support their favorite cause at no cost. The money comes from the GoodSearch advertisers.
What percentage of revenue goes to the charities and schools?
GoodSearch is a search engine with a unique social mission which involves generously giving back to charity with every Web search. We direct a minimum of 50 percent of revenues (this currently equates to about a penny per search) to the nonprofits designated by our audience. Please note that image, video and site-specific searches are not included.
Other examples of socially-conscious companies which donate a percentage of their revenues or profits to good causes include Newman's Own, Ethos Water, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's.
Do all of my searches count toward donations?
All of your searches will count toward donations except for the following: 1) image searches; 2) video searches; 3) "search this site" searches; 4) searches for URL's (i.e., search terms ending in .com, .org, .net, .edu); 5) searches to sites for which the URL is well known such as HotMail, ESPN, MySpace, Facebook, GMail, AOL, etc.; 6) searches for stock quotes; 7) searches for word definitions, and 8) any searches generated from fraudulent use of the site.