Most people see JJ Ramberg, the host of MSNBC's Your Business, as a polished TV star who's got it all: A successful career. A family. A business degree. Even the entrepreneurial venture, GoodSearch.com, that she founded with brother Ken has taken off, raising more than $9 million for 100,000 nonprofits since 2006.
Still, entrepreneurship isn't an easy gig. "When it's good, it's great," she said. But on the days when running a company is overwhelming, she offers these tips.
Aug 23 2013
Civic-minded credit and debit card holders are getting a new automatic donation option -- great new for charities, which have seen donations relatively stagnant throughout the five-year economic slump.
The service, called Goodswipe, allows U.S. card consumers to donate to more than 110,000 charities and causes by swiping their payment card at more than 75,000 U.S. retailers, hotels and restaurants
Jun 14 2013
Each time you search the Internet using the Goodsearch toolbar (powered by Yahoo!), a penny is donated to the cause of your choice. Since 2006, Goodsearch users have helped raise $9 million for nearly 100,000 nonprofit organizations and schools.
July 22nd 2013
In a recent article on Forbes, titled Millennials: Meeting Them On Their Playing Field Jean the author states, "no matter how you feel about Millennials, there's no denying that they're changing the world as we know it."
A great example of just how amazing our generation and others tend to gives back is the online platform that has now turned into a global movement, Goodsearch.
Today, Goodsearch has reached an all time milestone, reaching $10 million in donations through a unique, unconventional way -- not through cash donations but through people's simple, daily actions, primarily with the help of our oh so dear Millennials. This milestone not only has meaning in its sum value but has had real world impact, supporting a range of organizations working to make the world a better place.
Jun 10 2013
In a recent interview with Scott Garell, CEO of Goodsearch, we talked about some of the ways their “search with heart” model has grown, now encompassing multiple ways your simple, everyday online actions can help your favorite cause.
More than 15 million people used Goodsearch last year to support more than 100,000 non-profits and schools. Since 2006, Goodsearch users have raised more than $9 million, participated in over 1.1 billion charitable actions, and have truly made a difference.
Goodsearch has already used the power of the Internet to allow consumers to raise money for their favorite charities by doing things online that they already do like shopping, dining out and searching the net.
Now the company is targeting the over 113 million Americans who play casual games with Goodgames.org. Scott Garell, CEO of Goodsearch, explains why Goodgames has the potential to raise over $1 billion.
Jun 12 2013
Games -- they're fun, enjoyable and rewarding. When dissected down to their roots, the built-in learning process present in all games becomes clear. Whether they're designed and labeled as serious or casual, games take the pressure off of learning and giving, making them instrumental drivers of social impact.
While Pixlwise builds games to take the pressure off learning, the online game provider Goodgames takes the pressure off giving. Through Goodgames, online gamers can now give back to the nonprofit or school of their choice when playing a variety of popular games from Arkadium, creators of the largest library of causal games in the world.
Play games and raise money for a great cause at the same time-- sound too good to be true? Well it's not!
Goodgames.org is trying to raise $1 billion for charities and schools by playing games.
Now you can make a donation simply by filling out an online survey. Goodsearch built Goodsurveys.com in collaboration with Peanut Labs as a cost-free way for people to raise money for causes by taking short online surveys. So you can make a donation simply by sharing your opinion.
Women's Day asks "Why Not use Goodsearch.com?" For every new search, the site donates a penny to a charity you select!
Oct 28 2012
Ever wish you could make every penny count twice—especially around the holidays?
Use GoodSearch.com, powered by Yahoo, for regular online searches, and the site will donate 50% of the revenue generated from the search advertiser to the charity, school or nonprofit organization of your choice.
Oct 17 2012
Goodsearch Co-founder JJ Ramberg shares her insights and tips found in her new book -- a collection of some of the smartest, most practical, and easy to understand business advice out there. It’s straightforward information that you don't need a business school degree to understand, and you don't need to be a Fortune 500 company to use.
Oct 18 2012
JJ Ramberg introduces her new book "Its Your Business" and shares examples from goodsearch, the company she co-founded with her brother.
5 Ways to Surf, Shop and Do Good
Score coupons for online sites (from Best Buy to Macy's), and the charity you pick gets a portion of the purchase price when you use them.
4 More Ways To Help A Teen In Need
Head to GoodSearch.com instead of Googling your online queries. The site will donate one cent to the fight against homelessness every time you search. Just enter the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth as your favorite charity.
Nov 12 2012
SHOP & MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Have you ever counted how many times per day you use a search engine? What if money could be donated to your favorite charity every time you made a search online, including all those searches for product reviews and the lowest price on an item?
The website GoodSearch.com does just that.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A locally-based program allows participants to help their favorite charities, simply by dining out.
GoodDining is the latest project of GoodSearch.com and is the first ever national dine out for charity program in conjunction with 10,000 restaurants nationally and 200 in the Bay Area.
June 15, 2012
You use this search engine the same way you’d use any other; in fact it’s powered by Yahoo. The only difference is GoodSearch donates half its sponsored search revenue to the charities and schools chosen by users.
May 11, 2012
A gift for mom and her favorite charity reaps the rewards. Donate and give back to her favorite cause with every purchase. When you're out buying a bouquet of flowers, or maybe some chocolates, or a nice dinner for Mother's Day, there's a way you can simultaneously be giving to charity. The first ever National Dine out for Charity program!
May 20, 2012
It's easy for us to dine out with the choices we have in the Bay Area dining and that's the point. When you're enjoying a good meal, you can also be supporting the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks...
GoodDining is the first ever national dine out for charity program. We're partnered 10,000 restaurants in the US and over 200 restaurants in the bay area. It's very simple. All you need to do is register and when you do...up to 6% of the bill can go back to the SF Food Bank or to your favorite charity or school...
JJ Ramber on What Works and What Doesn't - Starting and Maintaining a Small Business
Ramberg co-founded GoodSearch.com, a charitable search engine that donates half its revenue to organizations the suers select. Home Business Magazine recently spoke with her.
May 8, 2012
Here’s a twist on buying Mother’s Day gifts, whether a meal out or a box of chocolates.
Pick from more than 2,600 online retailers and dozens of Baltimore area restaurants that make a donation to a favorite nonprofit charity for every purchase through GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that works with more than 100,000 charities and schools.
GoodShop.com, an online shopping portal that links to national chain stores such as Bloomingdales, Lands’ End and Sephora, gives a percentage of each purchase back to the shopper’s designated charity. And restaurants listed on GoodDining.com donate up to 6 percent of the tab to the customer’s selected charity or school. In Baltimore area, dozens of restaurants have signed on, including Sotto Sopra on North Charles Street, Salsarita’s on the West Side and Aldo’s in Little Italy.
Some of the Baltimore-based non-profits are Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Mental Health Association – Maryland, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and First Candle – sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance.
March 22, 2012
The next time you eat out you could be giving back as well thanks to what's called GoodDining.
Go onto the GoodDining website to register your credit cards and pick your favorite charity. Restaurants throughout the area will then give back as much as 6 percent of your check to that charity...There are 105,000 charities from which to choose.
March 21, 2012
New Yorkers who want to eat a good meal and donate to their favorite charity at the same time can do just that, starting Friday.
From March 23 through April 1, more than 1,000 restaurants, bars and clubs will donate up to 6 percent of the bill to a charity of the customer's choice.
Diners who register their charge cards with GoodDining.com can select an organization or school they would like to support from over 100,000 charities. Every time they use that card at a participating business, a portion of the entire bill automatically goes to that charity.
The number of U.S.restaurants registered with GoodDining, a program that donates up to 6 percent of your bill to a charity of choice. Find a participating spot in your area at gooddining.com
February 9, 2012
GoodSearch – Gives money to charities when people search.
February 7, 2012
With Valentine’s Day next week, the folks at San Francisco-based GoodSearch are promoting their philanthropy-minded shopping and dining websites as a fit for lovebirds.
Both of GoodSearch’s sites, GoodShop.com and GoodDining.com, allow consumers to support their favorite charity — but throughout the year, not just on Valentine’s Day. Users of the sites can buy gifts, get coupons and deals, and dine out, with a portion of what they spend going to charity.
Participating in GoodSearch, which launched in 2005, are more than 2,600 online retailers, 10,000 restaurants and 104,000 organizations.
You're in luck -- there are lots of war to provide financial assistance without giving a donation. For example, you can use search engines and online shopping sites, such as GoodSearch.com...that will donate their revenue to the rescue groups of your choice.
Here are 5 ways people can 'give without giving':
Shop online. http://www.GoodShop.com works with more than 2,500 retailers (including Amazon, Gap, Target, Staples and Macy’s) to give a percentage of almost every purchase back to the shopper’s favorite charity.
In addition, GoodShop lists more than 100,000 coupons so that shoppers can save money and do good at the same time! GoodShop currently works with more than 102,000 charities and schools.
Search the Internet: GoodSearch.com donates about a penny per search to the charity the user designates.
Dine out: http://www.GoodDining.com works with more than 10,000 restaurants across the country, and each time you dine, up to 6% of what you spend is donated to your favorite charity.
Are you passionate about fighting poverty? Want to save the whales? Are you committed to curing breast cancer?
No matter what your cause is, you can find a way to support it through the philanthropic search engine tool, GoodSearch. Simply type in the name of the organization you want to support, and GoodSearch will donate 50% of its advertising revenue to your charity of choice. With 54,000 organizations already registered, you’re bound to find a cause that you believe in. Once a few people hop on board, the funds add up fast: If a charity has 10,000 supporters who each use the search tool twice a day, that can add up to $73,000 in donations for the year.
Best 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!
GoodSearch: GoodSearch combines donating search features like Ripple with bonus donations based upon purchases made at participating sites. If you’re shopping online, check GoodSearch first. It may be a great way to help in addition to the money you’d spend otherwise.
December 16, 2011
SHOP FOR A CAUSE. Justify your online shopping habit using GoodShop (goodshop.com), which works with more than 2,500 retailers — Amazon, Apple, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and more — to donate a percentage of your purchase to charity. Just designate your cause from among the site's 100,000 nonprofit partners (or add your own favorite organization), then click on the store logos to browse online; the percentage each merchant gives is clearly listed (J.Crew is 5 percent; Barneys New York is 2.5). Knowing that $100 sweater will net $5 for those in need is a perfect excuse to splurge.
December 21, 2011
If you’re buying last-minute gifts online this week, GoodShop makes it possible to turn all those purchases into charitable donations supporting your favorite nonprofit organizations.
Amazon, Target, Neiman Marcus and Apple are among the 2,500 thousand retailers you can access through the site. Each donates a portion of your purchase price to a designated organization, including many worthy local ones, that you choose when you sign up. The percentages vary by retailer, but most fall into the 2 to 5 percent range. J. Crew, for example, will donate 5 percent of your purchase, while 2.5 percent of what you buy will be donated when you shop from Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gap, Banana Republic, Crate and Barrel and iTunes.
December 21, 2011
Use GoodSearch. Think of how many times a day you search for something on the Internet. Every time you search using the GoodSearch engine, which is Yahoo-powered, GoodSearch will donate 1 cent to the charity/school of your choice. You can change your charity as often as you want.
There is also an online shopping component to GoodSearch through GoodShop, where more than 100,000 coupons are offered and a designated percentage of your purchase will be donated to the charity of your choice. Using GoodSearch and GoodShop is an easy way to give -- at no cost to you -- and to really make your online time count. Visit www.goodsearch.com for more information and to download the GoodSearch toolbar.
December 20, 2011
If you still haven’t found that elusive perfect gift, you at least have an opportunity to do something perfectly noble with your holiday giving.
The website GoodShop.com has partnered with more than 2,500 retailers to donate up to 30 percent of every purchase to the charity of your choice, at no cost to you. In fact, the site — which features such big-name companies as Target, Apple, Macy’s, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Gap and PetSmart — also offers coupons, discounts and free-shipping deals for consumers.
Started in San Francisco in 2005 under parent company GoodSearch.com, the program has since donated more than $8 million to over 103,000 charities and schools designated by its users. In Central Florida, participating nonprofits include the Autism Society of Greater Orlando, Kids Beating Cancer, the SPCA of Central Florida, Health Care Center for the Homeless and the Coastal Conservation Association, to cite a very few.
You should know that the retailer sets the percentage that will be donated, and the average is a modest 3- to 4-percent cut, with many only donating 1 percent. But there are more generous companies, and nonprofit executives say even the small contributions can add up to substantial money.
November 29, 2011
Use our Yahoo Powered web search and make the world better with every search!
This holiday season we're talking about GoodShop.com! We have partners with over 2,500 national retailers...Amazon, Target, Macy's, Nordstrom...to give a percentage of your purchase back to your charity or school. And the best part is that we have 100,000 money saving coupons so that you can save money while giving back to the make the world better!
November 21, 2011
The holidays are typically the season of giving, but how has the economy impacted charitable giving?
A weak economy has many people feeling more cautious than ever. As a result, 7 out of 10 of us (68%) will be “giving” more sparingly to our favorite causes, according to a study by Campbell Rinker. Another 1 in 10 Americans plan to stop giving altogether until the economy gets back on track.
The good news is there are plenty of ways to be charitable without actually dipping into your pocketbook. All you have to do is shop more thoughtfully, and “doing good” can easily be a part of your everyday life.
Here are some options:
Shop Your Closet
Have a couch that no longer matches your living room decor? Gently worn clothing that is cluttering up your closet? A television set that you’re not using? As long as your “stuff” is in good or better condition, charities will be pleased to take it, and you’ll be rewarded with a nice little tax deduction come tax time. To determine your item’s fair market value, use ItsDeductible, a free online site from TurboTax. It’s free, easy to use and it imports directly into your TurboTax return.
A site called GoodShop.com makes giving a cinch. Anywhere from 3% (on average) to as much as 30% of each purchase you make on this shopping portal – which is affiliated with over 2500 name brand retailers from Amazon, Toys ‘R Us, Target, to GAP, and Petco – is donated to your favorite charity. Simple as that.
November 22, 2011
The idea is that you may not have time to volunteer or cash to hand over, but you probably do a fair bit of web searching. (You’re reading this blog post, after all.) Why not ensure that some piece of the revenue produced goes to a good cause?
The technology that Tucson Arts Brigade is using comes from GoodSearch, a search engine that donates 50 percent of its sponsored search revenue to charities and schools designated by its users. The search is powered by Yahoo, and the money donated comes from advertisers. The idea was the brainchild of Ken Ramberg (the founder of JOBTRAK, now a division of Monster.com) and JJ Ramberg (an MSNBC anchor and the former director of marketing at Cooking.com). They figured diverting some of the $8 billion search engines make yearly to charities would be a good idea, and they created the technology to help make that possible. Since the company’s 2005 launch, lots of charities have come on board.
The toolbar is no panacea for nonprofit fundraising in a down economy, but it is easy. GoodSearch makes the stats available so you can track your impact in your chosen charity’s revenue. Tucson Arts Brigade has received $244.43 through GoodSearch since it started using the service in 2007. It’s made a bit more than $63 through the service this year. In this season of giving, this is probably one of the easier ways.
November 22, 2011
In 2005, Ken and JJ Ramberg started a way for people to “give without giving.”
They wanted to create something that was “game-changing in the world of philanthropy,” and did so by launching GoodSearch.
The Humane Society of Yuma, Grand Canyon Association, Desert Star Community School and United Way – Pinal County, are a few of the many organizations in Arizona that use GoodSearch as a way to receive donations.
The idea of GoodSearch is to take everyday actions, such as searching the web, shopping and eating, and using them as ways for people to give back to the charity of their choice.
“People love to – if it’s easy – give back to their favorite school or charity,” Garell says.
Martha Stewart Living - Shop For a Cause
When you buy gifts via GOODSHOP.COM, a portion of what you spend will go to the nonprofit organization of your choice!
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Charities are cash-strapped with the poor economy, but there's a way the public can donate without spending an extra dime.
A website called Goodshop.com allows people to shop online, with a portion of that sale going toward their favorite charity.
"We've partnered with more than 2,500 stores from Amazon to Target to Staples to Sephora to Petco to Expedia, and every time you click through Goodsearch to that store, a percentage goes to your favorite charity or school. You're spending nothing, but doing good by using Goodshop," said J.J. Ramberg, the co-founder of Goodshop.
November 12, 2011
Penny per Web search
Launched in 2005, GoodSearch began as a site that let people earn a penny for their dedicated charity for each Web search they conducted on GoodSearch, through a partnership with Yahoo.
Since then, it has expanded to include GoodShop, partnering with about 2,500 online retailers to earn anywhere from 0.5 percent to 10 percent of the bill, and GoodCoupons, offering special discounts to encourage its users to shop online. To date, it has raised about $8 million for more than 100,000 nonprofits.
Today, it is introducing its latest addition, GoodDining. By eating at participating restaurants, including about 200 in the Bay Area, and using a credit card that they registered with GoodDining, diners earn from 3 to 6 percent of their final tab for their cause. Through a partnership with Rewards Network, a restaurant marketing service, GoodDining tracks purchases made at any of the 10,000 restaurants.
One of the tricky aspects of the proposition, however, is for people to remember to shop online through the site, and for them to come back again and again.
Run Your searches through GoodSearch or shop through GoodShop and you'll be supporting United Global Shift - AWESOME!
October 2, 2011
“I think small business has just been a part of who I am,” said JJ Ramberg, 2011 Small Business Advocate of the Year. “It’s in my blood.” The host of MSNBC’s Your Business, cofounder of Goodsearch.com, and three-time emcee of NY Report’s Small Business Awards grew up in an entrepreneurial family. Ramberg’s mother, father, brother, husband, and both grandfathers were all entrepreneurs, so it seemed only natural that she took the same path.
In 2005, Ramberg founded GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates to the charity of your choice every time you search. The website also encompasses GoodShop, a shopping portal that links to more than 2,500 retailers, including Amazon, Apple, and Target, giving a percentage of what you spend online at those stores to your favorite charity or school. Coupons and shipping offers are also featured on the site.
It’s only fitting that Ramberg receive the Small Business Advocate award for 2011. “I’ve been a part of this event for the past few years and so I know what an honor it is,” she said. “I do this job because I love it and because I’m so interested in it. To be recognized for it is just really nice and the icing on the cake.”
October 6, 2011
I recently caught up with JJ Ramberg, who is the host of msnbc’s “Your Business,” the only television show dedicated to issues affecting small business owners. Ramberg is a regular contributor to the TODAY Show on small business and financial issues. She is also msnbc’s small business expert and occassional on-air anchor. With her brother, she co-founded GoodSearch.com, a search engine that donates 50 percent of revenue to the charities and schools its users designate.
In this interview, she talks about her her favorite interview, how she’s worked together with her brother to start a company, and she gives some business tips for entrepreneurs, and explains why she doesn’t view herself as a brand.
September 28, 2011
Donate While Shopping
Certain online retailers will donate a portion of sales from your online purchases to the charity of your choice. Here are a couple of examples:
GoodShop: Includes stores like Amazon, Apple and Nordstrom and donates an average 3% of your total sale — and up to 20% — to your charity of choice. The percentage donated is indicated below the merchant’s logo.
August 11, 2011
If you're like me, you like to avoid the in-store back-to-school madness! Well, here's ANOTHER reason to shop online. At Goodshop.com, up to 30% of the purchases you make through their portal at stores you'd visit at the mall (like Best Buy, Apple, Gap) go to a charity you choose. What's the catch?? There isn't one!! You shop, they donate. So why WOULDN'T you do a little good with the money you're going to spend anyway?
On November 29th, international business news reporter CNBC released an article ‘Get Into the Holiday Giving Spirit – Online’, about the growth of online giving during the Christmas period.
“There are donation search engines that contribute to charities every time you click ‘search.’ GoodSearch.com donates 50 percent of revenue to charities you choose.”
Self Magazine's Woman Doing Good Awards
JJ Ramberg, Co-Founder of GoodSearch, was on the Today Show as the recipient of Self Magazine's Woman Doing Good Award.
GoodShop.com helps you find and buy gifts from partnering retailers such as Sephora, Apple, Macy's, and Target. When you make a purchase, up to 20 percent is donated to the charity of your choice.
August 18, 2011
More than 70 local nonprofits ranging from large national organizations like the American Red Cross to local animal clinics, museums and schools have joined GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com to provide supporters with free, easy ways to support their missions. Through these sites, supporters have raised nearly $8 million for their favorite nonprofits and schools!
Search using GoodSearch.com. Type "National Domestic Violence Hotline," then surf the Internet as you normally would. The site's browser is powered by Yahoo; every time you search, GoodSearch will donate about cent to NDVH. With millions of us clicking, that's big money!
September 04, 2011
GoodSearch LLC, a search site that allows users to donate cash to their favorite cause every time they search the web and shop online. Gigya has helped the company provide gamification features enabling users to compare their progress with others and unlock badges and status levels as they gain experience.
Name: JJ Ramberg
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Her Story: Ramberg, the host of MSNBC's Your Business, found a way for people without time or money to help causes they believed in. She and her brother, Ken, had both worked with Internet businesses in the past and knew what a search engine could generate from the $8 billion spent annually. We thought, "Wow. What if we could redirect come of those funds?" Ramberg says. They launched GoodSearch.com (powered by Yahoo!) in 2005 and GoodShop.com in '07. Now each time someone searches or shops through these sites, half of the sponsored search revenue, or 3 to 20 percent of the purchase price, goes to the nonprofit of the user's choice - no cost, no catch.
August 18, 2011
JJ Ramberg, the host of MSNBC's Your Business, offers a way for people to help causes they believe in without spending any money. She and her brother, Ken, launched GoodSearch.com in 2005 and GoodShop.com in 2007.
She walked me through both sites and I found them both amazingly simple. With a few clicks, you can identify the cause you want to support, then use GoodSearch.com as your search engine or GoodShop.com when you’re buying from one of the companies listed on the site. Each time someone searches or shops through these sites, half of the sponsored search revenue, or 3 to 20 percent of the purchase price, goes to the nonprofit of the user's choice. The only question is… why not? Wouldn’t it feel good to know that anytime you search online, you’re contributing to the betterment of the world? Send some flowers, for example, and it automatically shows the dollar amount increase to your cause.
Pick a Charity - Buy with a purpose
When you're shopping online, start your search at goodshop.com, a portal whose 1,500 participating stores (which sell clothing, food, housewares, books, toys, and more) contribute an average of 3 to 4 percent of your purchase to the charity you choose. Your cause will also earn a penny every time you use the search-engine feature -- just download the site's toolbar.
GoodSearch.com is a search engine, powered by Yahoo!, but every time you search, a penny goes to your favorite charity. So you don't spend any money, but you're helping you favorite cause!
August 24, 2011
GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates 50% of its revenue, about a penny per search, to listed American charities and schools designated by its users. The money donated comes from the site's advertisers. According to the company's website, as of January 2011, more than 96,000 non-profits are participating in the program and 100 new organizations register daily.
GoodSearch was founded in November 2005 by siblings Ken Ramberg (Co-Founder of JOBTRAK, purchased by Monster.com and operating today as MonsterTRAK) and JJ Ramberg.
Imagine donating big bucks without writing a single check. Thanks to GoodSearch.com, cofounded (with her brother, Ken) by JJ Ramberg, host of MSNBC's Your Business, that's possible: Simply browse the Web with this Yahoo-powered search engine. With each term you type in (e.g., "Usher's abs"), you'll raise a pretty penny - literally one cent - for your favorite nonprofit of the 90,000 on the site. Shop online using GoodSearch.com's sister site, GoodShop.com, and merchants like Target will donate up to 30 percent of each purchase to a listed cause.
The Genius of Online Shopping
Portal site GoodShop.com donates a percentage of all purchases to your charity of choice, without the hassle of registering, whenever you buy from one of 600 affiliated merchants including Target, Bloomingdale's and Zappo's.
July 3, 2008
Imagine changing the world without changing your routine. That's what the founders of GoodSearch.com, launched back in 2005, and its new sister site GoodShop.com promise their users. With 60,000 nonprofits benefiting from both sites, it's philanthropy made easy in the form of a search engine and online mall of sorts.
Nov. 10, 2008
In today's troubled economy, Ken Ramberg's recipe for fund-raising is simple: give people at all income levels a tool for benefiting charity without spending a dime. GoodSearch, the Los Angeles-based company that he and his sister JJ founded in 2005, tries to do just that.
O-Zone: Pennies From Heaven
Imagine if every time you logged on and looked up the caloric content of the snack you just ate, you earned money for charity. With each search you launch on goodsearch.com, about 1 cent goes to the charity or school of your choice. You simply select an organization from a database of thousands or add your own, then tell all your friends, tell your friends to tell their friends and so on. If 1,000 people with the same charity search twice a day for a year, the charity earns $7,300. Wanting to harness for mankind some of the cash advertisers throw at search engines ($6 billion last year), founders Ken and JJ Ramberg partnered with Yahoo!
March 22, 2006
GoodSearch.com is powered by Yahoo! and raises money for charities using a model similar to paid searches on Yahoo or Google (Research): Advertisers pay a fee whenever Internet users click on a given link. Last year search engines generated almost $6 billion through such searches.
July 25, 2008
The desire to lend a hand is increasingly becoming an aspect of corporate citizenship. GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo!-powered search engine which donates 50 percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users; its spin-off, GoodShop.com, is an online shopping mall that donates a percentage of each sale to user-selected charities.
Browsing Equals Bucks for Charities
Search the Internet ... rack up cash for your favorite charity. Thanks to Yahoo-powered search engine Goodsearch, it's that easy for Internet users to contribute to your cause.
Dec. 26, 2006
Wish you could be Santa's helper all year long and give to all your favorite causes? You can - and it won't cost you a dime.
Dec. 26, 2005
"This isn't as crazy as it sounds," said Rich LeFurgy, a principal at Archer, a San Francisco consulting firm that specializes in marketing. "I think of it as the business model that's waiting to happen."
Nov. 20, 2006
My favorite example is the search engine GoodSearch.com. The idea behind this excellent search engine (powered by Yahoo) is simple and brilliant — 50% of all ad revenue generated from the site is donated to the charity of the user's choice, and the money GoodSearch donates comes from its advertisers, so it doesn't cost the users or the organizations a penny.
Dec. 21, 2008
You and your family don't even need to spend extra cash to donate. Check out these sites that give back: Goodsearch.com: Every time you search with this site, a penny is contributed to the charity of your choice. Goodshop.com: Stores in this online mall donate a percentage of your purchases to charity (as much as 37 percent).
Oct. 2, 2006
It is a place where people can donate to their favorite charity or school without ever spending a single penny. It is called GoodSearch.com, a search engine powered by Yahoo!
Oct. 2, 2006
You'd like to donate to charities just by clicking around the Internet as you always do. GoodSearch is a search engine that splits its advertising revenues 50-50 with charities and schools.
May 27, 2008
The ASPCA says their pups and kittens are living better thanks to people simply searching the Internet. GoodSearch.com found a way to help non-profits make money at a time when many are struggling with the economy on the downswing.
June 23, 2008
New tools have even appeared to spur giving without money during these rough economic times, when people tend to cut back on contributions. GoodSearch.com allows donors to give to their favorite charities every time they conduct an online search on Yahoo (which donates a penny per search), and GoodShop.com donates a percentage of every purchase made from more than 700 retailers. Some 60,000 charities are already benefiting.
Now you can raise money for your favorite charity just by surfing the Net.
The Good: A search engine that pays your school to use it. GoodSearch donates half of its revenue to participating nonprofits. Powered by Yahoo!, the application is used just like any other browser, but each time you enter a new search, GoodSearch sends about one cent to the school of your choice. The pennies add up: 500 people searching four times a day yields around $7,300 in a year.
Meet the New Philanthropists
This era's kings—and queens—of giving have changed the way we think of "charity." A look at the powerhouses.
After selling his Santa Monica career website JobTrack to Monster.com in 2000, Ken Ramberg looked for a way to give back. His solution: launching a site that allows Internet surfers to contribute to their favorite charities just by searching online.
Search engine lets you browse the Net for a cause
Nov. 3, 2007
GoodSearch.com, which is powered by Yahoo!, is a grass-roots campaign started by Ken and JJ Ramberg in 2005.
July 2, 2007
Have you ever said, 'If I had a penny for every time..." Yes, we all have. Now, a new Internet search engine is taking the 'penny' philosophy and using it to make money for your favorite charity...
Dec. 14, 2006
There is a search engine called Goodsearch.com that donates 50 percent of its revenue to charities and schools designated by its users.
Jan. 15, 2007
By searching the Internet, patrons of Scottdale Public Library are helping to raise money — a penny at a time — for a new, $1.3 million library.
Oct. 6, 2006
It seems impossible, but hunting down the latest Paris Hilton photos on the Internet really can help make the world a better place.
GoodSearch.com donates ad revenues to charity
Dec. 25, 2006
It's the time of year when you want to donate to needy charities. But if it were easy enough, you would support some causes all year, like your kid's school or the research institute working to cure a disease rampant in your family.
Aug. 11, 2006
What if you could use a search engine to spread the word about your nonprofit or rally your constituents to raise money for your cause — all without spending a cent?
Imagine a company that uses technology to help power more than 20,000 nonprofits, charities, religious organizations and schools.
Nov. 10, 2006
From Patagonia to Starbucks to a would-be Google-killer, forward-thinking companies are making philanthropy a part of their business models.
June 8, 2007
Whether you're interested in saving the environment or finding homes for abandoned pets, GoodSearch is on your side.
Dec. 28, 2006
This search engine directs half its revenues to the charity of your choice.
Nov. 30, 2005
"Goodsearch.com founders Ken and J.J. Ramberg (who are brother and sister) plan to direct half of the revenue that their search engine generates toward charities that users specify using a pull-down menu on the search engine home page. Currently, more than 900,000 charities and schools are listed, according to Ken Ramberg. If your favorite charity isn't there, you can submit its information online and it will be added after verification."
Each time a person searches the Internet with GoodSearch.com, 50 percent of the revenue raised from advertisers on the Web site will be given to a charity designated by the user.
Dec. 16, 2005
Helping those in need is only a click away.
Feb. 23, 2006
A new site called GoodSearch.com, launched late last year by Los Angeles-based GoodSearch LLC, aims to lure repeat users by donating roughly a cent to a charity of the user's choice every time a search is conducted on its Yahoo-based search engine ...
Dec. 12, 2005
Some smaller search sites have tried to attract consumers by giving a percentage of ad sales to user-designated charities or giving individuals chances to win cash prizes. GoodSearch Inc., a site that uses Yahoo Inc. search technology, distributes a portion of its ad revenue to charities or schools selected by users each time they search.
Aug. 7, 2008
We all spend so much time searching the net for various things, so why not use a search engine that actually donates money to your favorite charity while you search?
Nov. 28, 2005
It's easy to use: Just go to GoodSearch.com, enter the charity you want to support in the provided field, and search. Don't see your favorite cause represented? You can add it. Want to spread the love? Change your charity as often as you like.
Dec. 18, 2006
It's easy to use: Just go to GoodSearch.com, enter the charity you want to support in the provided field, and search. Don't see your favorite cause represented? You can add it. Want to spread the love? Change your charity as often as you like.
June 1, 2008
You can benefit charity not only by the gifts that you purchase, but by changing your daily practices. One way you can do this is to raise money for charities by browsing the Web.
June 1, 2008
Get a look inside of a neat search engine, www.GoodSearch.com. Everytime you use it, you earn money for your favorite charity.
Dec. 17, 2008
During this holiday season, donors may be diverting their dollars to buying gifts for loved ones. But if they knew where to shop.. they could get those gifts and still donate to their favorite local charity. That's where GoodShop.com comes into the picture.
Dec. 15, 2008
Who are the latest victims of the sagging economy? Charities are reporting a tremendous drop in donations this holiday season, a time when they traditionally receive the most. But now, there's a new way you can give back, without shelling out an extra dime.
You can also do a good deed while spending your dollars at stores like Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Best Buy. They and more than 700 other top retailers have joined with the charity GoodShop.com.
Aug. 15, 2008
"GoodSearch.com, which is a search engine just like Google or Yahoo, but every time you search it you can donate to charity. There are thousands. I just thought that was really, really cool," Zauzmer said.
Nov. 29, 2007
What makes it really appealing is that you don't have to buy anything for the charities to benefit.
Dec. 10, 2008
This idea of giving customers the opportunity to give back has become a national trend. Yahoo represents the latest company to jump on the bandwagon, with goodsearch.com, a search engine that donates one-penny per search to your favorite non-profit.
Nov. 23, 2007
If you're giving to charity this season, there's a way to give by doing something you do every day at work and at home. CBS 3's Liz Keptner has the story of a little idea that's a huge help to thousands of charities.
Nov. 26, 2007
The Monday after Thanksgiving has recently been dubbed "Cyber-Monday." If you are one of the millions of Americans shopping online, you might want to know that some web sites give money to charity when you make a couple of clicks of the mouse.
Nov. 26, 2007
The holiday season is notoriously known as the "season of giving" to charities, but I am sure that not many people know that they can give to their favorite non-profit without spending any of their own money by hitting the search button on GoodSearch.com or by shopping at their favorite stores online through GoodShop.com
Nov. 25, 2007
According to the National Retail Federation, more than 72,000,000 Americans are expected to shop online Monday during so-called "Cyber Monday." But did you know you could do a good deed by getting those gifts online?
Nov. 19, 2007
If test you like to donate this holiday season but don't have the time or money, one website can help you.
Nov. 21, 2007
Many of you will be clicking a mouse to do your holiday shopping. If you do, you can help send money to the charity of your choice without one dollar coming from your wallet.
Nov. 15, 2007
One website allows you to donate to your favorite charity just by searching the web, and several local organizations are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Nov. 15, 2007
The maker of the charity search engine GoodSearch, which donates to your favorite charity just by searching the internet, is now using the same concept for online shopping.
Dec. 18, 2006
It's a website designed to give back ... without even giving at all. GoodSearch.com is a search engine that works like Google or Yahoo ... the only difference is it's for a good cause.
Aug. 27, 2007
Donating money to area non-profits in South Georgia is now just as simple as logging on to the Internet.
Giving Back Through The Internet: Use of New Search Engine Donates Money to Charity
Dec. 1, 2005
What if you could support your favorite charity without spending any of your own money, just by doing something you probably already do everyday? Well, GoodSearch.com has made that possible. It's a search engine that lets you direct money to any of hundreds of thousands of charities every time you do an online search.
Oct. 8, 2006
Matt Cleveland searches for troubled teens. Michael Brown searches for juvenile diabetics. A charity benefits.
Nov. 30, 2006
We are in the midst of the giving season, but what if you could give without actually giving?
July 23, 2006
Fans of a popular theater in Plantation are earning extra revenue for the organization simply by surfing the Web. Mosaic Theatre draws about a penny each time one of its supporters uses GoodSearch, a free Internet search engine that shares its proceeds with various nonprofit organizations.
Aug. 3, 2006
Forget the car washes and bake sales. Raising money for your favorite charity is as easy as clicking your mouse. That's the case for seven local nonprofit organizations that are innovating their approaches by using an increasingly popular Web site called GoodSearch.
Dec. 1, 2005
Want to support Architecture for Humanity, Ability Aids India International, or any other nonprofit everytime you search the web?
Feb. 28, 2006
For Web-addicted Stanford students, the thought "If only I had a penny for every time I searched the Web," may cross minds often.
And yours too... The newest and easiest way to incorporate small acts of charity into every day? GoodSearch.com. This Yahoo-powered Internet search engine donates money to your cause of choice every time you click—at zero cost to you.
Feb. 8, 2006
Want to donate to a good cause but don't have the money to spare? A new website allows users to support their favorite charities, one online search at a time. The search engine Goodsearch.com gives individuals the opportunity to select the charity of their choice, and with every search on the site comes money for that specific cause.
Feb. 2, 2006
A new search engine may make it easier for students on tight budgets who wish to donate to the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. GoodSearch.com allows students to donate money to Thon or any other nonprofit organization as they search the Web with just a click of a button.
Dec. 12, 2006
Anyone who has wanted to do something good for an organization but was unable to find the time or means to do so, has a great opportunity to on the Internet.
GoodSearch is catching on around campus. It's hard to say no to helping out charities when there is no change to a person's wallet and daily routine.
March 3, 2006
Los Angeles-based siblings Ken and JJ Ramberg came up with a brilliant idea. Their creation, GoodSearch.com, offers clients the opportunity to give risk-free charitable donations without ever sending a check or money order, or even giving a credit card number. All you have to do is search the Internet.
March 16, 2006
A new search engine called GoodSearch is donating half of its advertising revenue to charities. Similar in appearance to Google and powered by Yahoo, the difference comes in that a donation occurs every time a user clicks on a sponsored ad that comes up in a search.
April 10, 2006
Yahoo-powered Goodsearch donates a portion of its advertising profits — about a cent per search — to a charity of the user's choice.
Oct. 10, 2006
A new philanthropic search engine gives users a chance to donate to their favorite charity without spending any of their own time or money.
April 13, 2006
A new Yahoo!-powered Internet search engine called GoodSearch.com donates about a penny for every Web search to the charity or school of the user's choice.
Oct. 6, 2006
Philanthropy is no longer just the business of the Heinz or Carnegie families. Donations to charities now come from Internet search engines, too.
Oct. 30, 2006
What if you could donate money to a charitable cause every time you searched the Internet?
April 11, 2006
Searching the Internet now can add pennies to the pockets of non-profit organizations. Goodsearch.com, launched in November 2005, is a search engine that donates part of its revenue to charitable organizations across the country.
April 11, 2006
In between dancers shaking their donation cans downtown and their booties in the IMU ballroom, Dance Marathon is now raising funds during the student-solicitation off-season through an Internet search engine.
April 21, 2006
According to the Search Engine Marketing Professional Organization, Internet search engines generated close to $6 billion in advertising revenue in 2005. Two Internet entrepreneurs, [brother and sister] Ken and JJ Ramberg of Los Angeles, Calif., have created a way for searchers to donate a fraction of that money to make the world a better place.
Search for a Good Cause
Check out two easy - and free - ways you can fund your favorite charities. On Yahoo-powered search engine GoodSearch.com, one penny goes to you charity of choice (more than 64,000 currently listed) for every search you do; 500 people searching four times a day will raise around $7,300 in a year.
April 21, 2006
"Search the Internet, make the difference." This is the motto of newly developed search engine called GoodSearch.com. This new engine, powered by Yahoo, was created by Ken and JJ Ramberg and allows users to search the Internet while donating money to a charity of their choice at the same time. TEST