Charitable Search Engines


SEATTLE — If you’re reading this, we can assume two things. One, you have access to the internet, which means you have more than likely used a search engine service such as Google or Bing. And two, since you’re reading on The Borgen Project’s webpage, you are concerned with global poverty and probably want to help address this issue in any way you can. Charitable search engines will help you achieve that.

4 Charitable Search Engines Aiding Poverty Alleviation

Perhaps you don’t have money to donate, but the following 4 charitable search engines have found a way to bridge that gap for you by donating their revenues to charitable causes.

Sleio is a search engine founded by a native of Prague, Thomas Vavrys, in 2014. Sleio operates much like Google or any other search engine except that it donates 100 percent of its profits to charity. Sleio has partnerships with more than 30,000 retail websites and donates the money it makes from commissions to your choice of charity. Every time you click a link through its website, you boost its ad revenue and thus increase the amount of money it is able to donate to charities.

Users are able to scroll through Sleio’s affiliated nonprofits and add them to their own personal causes. This ensures the revenue Sleio receives from a user’s activity goes to the charities they choose. Some of Sleio’s charitable partnerships include Charity: Water, whose mission is to provide clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet; Kiva, the poverty-centered nonprofit that focuses on alleviating poverty across the globe; and the Immunity Project whose purpose is to develop an HIV vaccine. Sleio rakes in about $200,000 a year in ad revenues—which goes a long way toward helping the world’s poor.

Helpuu is an online portal that uses Google’s search algorithm and operates much like Sleio. Helpuu receives ad revenues from its partners. Every time you search through Helpuu, it receives a commission which in turn gets donated to a variety of charities. Helpuu’s website claims that every person who sets their homepage to Helpuu during the course of a month is feeding a starving child for about 3 months. This means that if 5 percent of the U.S. population were to make Helpuu their browser’s homepage, 1,000,000 starving children could be fed every single day.

Helpuu has partnered with Feed the Children, a nonprofit organization with the goal to end global child hunger. Feed the Children boasts 93 percent of its total expenditures went toward service programs to reach that goal.


iGive was founded by e-philanthropist Robert Grosshandler is 1997, making it one of the first online charity malls. iGive isn’t a search engine per se but more of an online shopping mall or e-retail aggregator. iGive has partnered with around 2,000 of the world’s most visited retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens, Best Buy and more. These stores donate to charities on iGive’s behalf, if you use their services. The stores then pay iGive a commission of which 26 percent is also passed on to charitable causes supported by iGive.

Once you sign up, iGive’s “The Button” remains active on your browser and automatically creates a donation with every purchase you make. You even get to see how much donation your purchase generates at the time of checkout. iGive has donated more than $8 million since its inception and allows the user to choose which nonprofit they would like their proceeds to go to. The Borgen Project is listed on this site, so be sure to include us in your list of causes.

Goodshop is an online search engine and coupon aggregator that has the “most powerful coupons in the world.” Not only does it use a Yahoo!-powered search engine that generates about a penny every time you do a search, but it also has a database of e-coupons that saves you money on your online purchases. Goodshop then passes those savings on to charities of your choice.

Goodshop has partnered with more than 3,000 stores including the retail giant Amazon that donates 1.5 percent of every purchase done via Goodshop. How it works is that you sign up on Goodshop’s website and browse through its catalog of more than 25,000 coupons. When you click on these coupons, Goodshop notifies the retailer that it referred you to the retailer’s site and in turn receives a referral fee.

Goodshop donates 50 percent of that fee to the charity of the user’s choice. It has several partnerships with nonprofits to choose from so the user can select a cause they are passionate about. Goodshop has donated more than $11 million to charities since their inception.

– Nick Hodges

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