I have been a supporter of Metro Denver Partners, an organization that matches adult mentors with at risk youth, for many years.  Right now I have been a Senior Partner with a 13 year old girl for 2 years and have had two other Junior Partners each for a couple years previously.

Today I got an email from them about Good Search.  It looks like an easy way to give back so I thought I would share the information.

“What if Metro Denver Partners earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Well, now it can!

GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up!

GoodShop.com is a new online shopping mall which donates up to 37 percent of each purchase to your favorite cause! Hundreds of great stores including Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, ebay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble have teamed up with GoodShop and every time you place an order, you’ll be supporting your favorite cause. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter [my charity] as the charity you want to support. And, be sure to spread the word!”

I went to the Good Search site to learn more.  It is VERY easy to use!  I typed in Metro Denver Partners and saw they had earned $.15 so far in 2009.  However, if their email campaign works, those numbers should be going up shortly.  I also checked Kiva another nonprofit I support…and there is a button to click that shows how much money has been generated by month from the service.  In 2009, Kiva has earned to date $948.47.  Not a ton but nothing to sneeze at either!

What’s not to like about using this as a way to search?  It took less than 5 minutes to install.  If you are used to using another search engine…you can do what I do…type that URL in Good Search to go there while making a donation and then do what you usually do…

Tell your nonprofit partners about this – it is a total “no brainer” way for them to earn some dough!  And in these times…every little bit makes a difference!