5 Ways to Do Good While Online

We all want to support those causes near and dear to our heart, but we don’t always take the time to do so or feel like we don’t have the time. And sometimes we just don’t have the funds to donate. But there are other ways to do good. I got this list from Replyforall, but I thought it was a good list of ideas for doing good online. So, this post is courtesy of Replyforall:

  • Give Your Name. Signing petitions to elected officials may seem like it won’t make a difference, but sometimes just a collection of people taking a stand has real power.
  • Micro-Volunteer. You don’t need money to give time, and now with companies like The Extraordinaries, you don’t really need that much time, either.  Just download one of their phone apps, and you can volunteer with those ten minutes you’re waiting at the doctor’s office.  You can help translate a nonprofit page into a foreign language, fact check for reporters, review congressional bills, even tag images for the Smithsonian.  So you can do what you can, when you can, and still make a difference.
  • “Friend-raise”. Social networking is a great way to keep in touch with friends, acquaintances, and family members.  And now, it’s a great way to raise awareness about your favorite nonprofit or cause.  Over 26 million people actively use the Causes application on Facebook, and influence others to join their cause.  You can support your cause by merely inviting your friends to join or posting your charitable actions in your status message.
  • Transform your search engine.  We’ve ushered in a new age of technology, relying on search engines for answers from the momentous to the mundane.  Why not fight desertification, global warming, and habitat loss at the same time?  Don’t just search, Ecosearch.  Ecosearch is a search engine that uses Yahoo technology and helps reforesting trees and safeguard water resources in the Amazon region, which constitute today one fourth of the fresh water reserves of our planet.  For every 10,000 searches, Ecosearch and Aquaverde (their nonprofit partner) plant a tree in the Amazon and in the Canary Islands.  The website even keeps a running count of how many trees have been planted and how many more searches are needed to plant another tree.
  • Donate your email. What better way to make a donation than to have someone else pay for it?  replyforall is a free cause email signature that is automatically inserted into your outgoing email messages. You choose your cause, personalize the information to appear in the signature, and you’re all set!  replyforall then shares the advertising revenue with its nonprofit partners allowing you to donate without cash.  Now you can raise awareness, drive donations for your cause of choice and monitor your impact all by doing what you do everyday – email. 
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