By Steve Woodmansee
President, Florida Native Plant Society
Members have raised over $1,000 for the Florida Native Plant Society with their everyday actions, namely, cruising the internet, shopping, and eating! You can show your support for the Society everyday too, by using GoodSearch, GoodShop, and GoodDining. They're free, they're easy, and they're secure.
By using GoodSearch as your primary search engine, you can raise a penny per search for the Society. Powered by Yahoo, it’s not only a great tool to surf the net, but an easy way to generate revenue to fund our programs. Just go to GoodSearch and select the Florida Native Plant Society-Melbourne to get started. Better yet, make it the default search engine on your homepage and watch those pennies add up to dollars in no time!
Purchasing power has a new definition! Make a gift more meaningful and your online shopping go further by registering the Florida Native Plant Society-Melbourne as your charity of choice at GoodShop. Thousands of stores are participating, from smaller boutiques you might not have heard of, to names you’ll recognize like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, and Staples. Each store donates anywhere from one to fifteen percent of your total purchases to the Society. By simply starting your shopping from the GoodShop website, your purchases have the power to advance our mission. Whether holiday shopping, buying for your business, or purchasing a favorite indulgence, do so through GoodShop and know you’ve helped the cause!
You don’t have to register to help support the Society, but if you do, GoodSearch and GoodShop will track the funds you’ve personally raised, and that might make you feel a whole lot better about spending time on the internet and money on shopping.
Of course there’s an app for that! Download the GoodSearch and GoodShop toolbar to your favorite device so you can help out the Society wherever you are.
Everyone has to eat! Why not use GoodDining to show your support? If you register this month, GoodDining will donate an extra $5.00 for a meal taken at a participating restaurant. Want to go one step further? Write a review and earn extra donations for the Society! All you have to do is go to GoodDining and register the Florida Native Plant Society-Melbourne as your charity. You’ll be asked to provide the number on the credit card you’ll be using when dining, and you can register more than one, but you’ll never be charged through the website. They just use the information you provide to track your contributions and send you coupons from participating restaurants and bars. Once you type in your zip code, you’ll be amazed at some of the local haunts that will be listed.
For many of us, funds are tight, and, although we'd love to be able to make charitable donations, the discretionary funds just aren't there. That's what makes this a no-brainer. At no additional cost, you can turn the searching, shopping, and dining you do every day into feel-good fundraising activities. If you haven't already, please join us in raising funds by using any or all of the GoodSearch, GoodShop, and GoodDining websites.
Edited and formatted by Laurie Sheldon