DENVER - Let's face it, a lot of people feel either too busy or too broke to donate to charities during the holiday season.
But one website offers a way to check off your Christmas list and donate to your favorite charity with no impact on your pocketbook.
It has supported dozens of charities at schools in Colorado, including the Arapahoe Rescue Patrol, a group of teenagers who perform search-and-rescue missions across the state.
"We are 100 percent volunteer, so this is great for us," said Chief Justin Kanaber of the more than $500 Goodshop.com has raised for ARP. "That money is fuel for our trucks. It's rescue gear. Every little bit helps."
Goodshop.com is an online shopping mall that donates a percentage of each purchase to the charity of your choice.
At Goodshop.com, each time a customer clicks through from Goodshop to one of many stores -- including Amazon, Target, and Toys R Us -- an average of 4 percent of the purchase price is donated to the shopper’s favorite cause at no cost to them.
"All of the different merchants want to attract new and loyal customers, and they're also happy to subsidize it because they know they want to make donations to charity," said Scott Garell, CEO of Goodshop.
Plus, Goodshop.com has over 100,000 coupons so users can save money while giving back.
More than 108,000 nonprofits and schools have partnered with Goodshop.com, including many in the Denver area.
“Thanks to GoodSearch and Goodshop, our supporters can raise funds doing something they already do every day -- online web searches and online shopping," said Jenny Young, executive director of Angel Eyes, the only statewide nonprofit dedicated to providing professional and compassionate bereavement counseling to families who have been impacted by the sudden, unexpected death of an infant or toddler.
"Because all of our services are provided for free to the recipient, easy ways to fundraise are essential to supporting the Angel Eyes mission," Young said.
Goodshop.com has two partner programs: Yahoo!-powered search engine Goodsearch.com and Gooddining.com, which both also enable their supporters to generate donations just by doing something they do anyway everyday.
Goodsearch.com: Each time someone searches the internet with Goodsearch powered by Yahoo!, about a penny is raised for the charity or school of their choice.
Gooddining.com: Each time someone dines at more than 10,000 Gooddining.com restaurants across the country, up to 6 percent of the cost of the meal is donated to the diner’s favorite cause.
These sites have raised more than $9 million to date.