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Can you feel the spirit of the season blowing through the streets like a magic wind? No matter your family traditions or religion, we can all agree that this season is the one dedicated to family, friends, love, compassion and all the core values that make us truly good human beings. So this is why today’s article is dedicated to help those in need… and without spending your own money.

Not all of us have a great amount of money to donate – maybe because we’re college students on a budget, or maybe because we’re too young to actually have an income of our own. This is why I thought about a series of websites, apps and more to donate to charities on our behalf.

How does it work? The advertisers pay a sum of money to the websites here mentioned appear on your screen, and a great part of that amount is donated to charities. Keep on reading to discover more about it...

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Ecosia and Goodsearch

Ecosia and Goodsearch are alternative search engines that you can use instead of Google. Think about the positive changes you can make in the world while browsing for your school projects! You can also use it every day when you are looking for new recipes, fashion advice and whatever comes up into your mind.

  • Goodsearch

Goodsearch is a search engine and a coupon website. You can use this platform to find a ton of useful coupon codes and to do some research while you’re at it. The advertisements on the page will help to pay to a charity of your choosing.

Goodsearch works with thousands of organisations, from national charities to local groups. You can choose the one you want to donate to, and every time you use the search engine or you browse through their coupon codes, you make donations without spending a dime.

Goodsearch website: https://www.goodsearch.org/

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  • Ecosia

Ecosia is a search engine and a iOS and Android app. Thanks to the advertisements you can see at the top of your search results, the site makes a revenue that is used to plant a tree in the developing countries of the world. This action makes a great difference, because the plants benefit the inhabitants of those areas by making their economy sustainable, and help the environment they live in.

The financial reports of the company are published monthly, so you know exactly where ends up the money made thanks to your internet browsing.

Ecosia Website: https://www.ecosia.org

Ecosia on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ecosia.android&hl=en&referrer=tt%3D88cd7830&referer=tt%3D

Ecosia on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id670881887?pt=2188920&ct=&mt=8

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Why mindlessly scrolling your Facebook dashboard or playing a boring phone game, when you can spend your free time learning something and doing something good?

Freerice is a trivia game you can play for free. It is translated in Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Korean, and can be found as a website and as an Android app. For every correct answer, ten grains of rice are donated via the World Food Programme. There are a lot of available subjects, as English and foreign language vocabulary, multiplication tables, geography, art, literature and many more. So you don’t just make a positive change by helping those in need, but you will improve your grammar, vocabulary, knowledge of arts, and much more!

Website: http://freerice.com/

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.gonative.android.odyler

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Amazon Smile

We all buy on Amazon! It is one of the first online shopping websites that comes to anyone’s mind. So why not make a difference while doing something that we would do anyway?

Amazon Smile is a section of Amazon in which you can buy everything you can find on the classic Amazon – but the 0.5% revenue of what you buy goes directly to a charity of your choice. It might seems a tiny amount of money, but if you think that Amazon is one of the biggest online sellers of the world, you can understand that every little help counts.

Website: https://smile.amazon.com/

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Happy Tabs and Tabs for a Cause

Both Happy Tabs and Tabs for a Cause are Chrome Apps that donate money thanks to an ad that appears every time that you open a new tab on your browser.

Tabs for a Cause shows you a beautiful picture every time you open a new tab, and allows you to have a to-do list and a notepad there. It lets you decide where the ad revenue goes – from the preservation of oceans to feeding starving children, it’s up to you.

My Tabs for a Cause invite code: https://tab.gladly.io/?u=jkeglevich

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Happy Tabs is a new project that shows you a new picture of a kitty or a puppy when you open a new Chrome tab. Your heart will melt, and the money from the ads goes to an animal shelter in the US. As transparent as the the Ecosia guys, Happy Tabs also shows you a screenshot of the donations made to the organisations. And you can submit your own pictures of your furry friends for the world to see! Isn’t that wonderful?

Happy Tabs: https://happytabs.org/

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And this is it for today’s article! I hope that you’ll find some of the alternatives I listed above worthy of your time.

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See you next week, dear.