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GoodSearch & GoodShop for Charity

GoodSearch Offers An Online Option To Charitable Donations

GoodSearch offers an online option to charitable donations

In 2005, Ken and JJ Ramberg started a way for people to “give without giving.”

After their mother died of cancer, the siblings wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

“Her death was not the thing that inspired this,” JJ says, “Her life did.”

They wanted to create something that was “game-changing in the world of philanthropy,” and did so by launching GoodSearch.

GoodSearch, an online search engine powered by Yahoo, allows Web users to search and donate to a charity at the same time. By choosing a school or charity, each time a person uses the GoodSearch search engine, that nonprofit receives a penny.

So far it has raised $8 million with more than 100,000 schools and charities having benefited. The schools and charities like using GoodSearch as a fundraiser because it is a “simple way to raise money,” says CEO Scott Garell.

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.GoodShop

A few years after GoodSearch was started, GoodShop was launched. GoodShop is an online mall with more than 2,500 stores at which to shop. The website provides coupons to shoppers, and 3 to 20 percent of the final cost is given to the charity the shopper choose.

“They (people) are going to shop anyways, why not save money and give back?” Garell adds.

Since the addition of GoodShop, GoodSearch has grown 15 percent yearly, and a new addition to this growth is a way to donate while dining out, according to Garell.

On Nov. 8, GoodSearch came out with its newest venue, GoodDining.

GoodDining has 10,000 restaurants that diners can eat at that will donate up to 6 percent of their check’s price to their charity.

GoodDining is partnered with Rewards Networks, and all customers have to do is register their card on the site, choose their charity, and eat at the participating restaurants.

According to Garell, this is a great way for businesses to donate to a charity they support without costing the business any money.

GoodSearch came out with a toolbar that allows searching without having to go to the GoodSearch website every time. If this toolbar were installed on all of a business’s desktops, workers would raise a penny for the companies’ cause, whenever they searched the Internet.

The toolbar also reminds users that they can use GoodShop to shop, too. It does this by lighting up a GoodSearch button if the user searches for a store that is available on the website.

Businesses can also use GoodDining by taking their clients out to eat at the restaurants on the site, or using it when they travel.

GoodSearch is a daily tool to users, but studies have shown that GoodShop tends to follow the American shopping schedule, with Christmas being the most popular.

Garell said that because of the recession, many might not be able to donate to their usual charity during the holiday season as they usually do. By using GoodShop to do their Christmas shopping, they can save and still give back to their charity.

Ken and JJ had worked in the Internet prior to creating GoodSearch. Ken and his mother founded JOBTRAK, which they sold to Monster.com, and JJ was an employee when Cooking.com started.

Because they knew how much money a search engine could bring in, they wanted to redirect those funds to nonprofits and schools that people care about.

We work with about 100,000 organizations now and have donated $8 million, but as far as we’re concerned, this is just the beginning,” JJ says.

For more information about GoodSearch, visit www.goodsearch.com.

 

Greenway III, Grand Canyon

Greenway III Trail, Grand Canyon: Progress Continues

The Grand Canyon National Park is getting a new trail. This new trail, which is being referred to as Greenway III, is an eight-mile long trail connecting the park with the gateway town of Tusayan to the south. This trail will pass through both the park itself and the Kaibab National Forest on its way to Tusayan.

The Greenway III trail will consist of both an eight-foot wide compacted soil path for pedestrians and bicyclists. For those exploring the park on horseback, the trail will also include a two- to three-foot-wide gravel path.

Not only will this trail provide people with an easy way to travel between Tusayan and Grand Canyon National Park, it will also extend the well-known Arizona Trail as well. The trail is expected to be completed in fall 2011.

Greenway III will be another piece of the Greenway trail system. This system began as a project which was first launched in 1999 as part of the Millennium Trails Initiative, which recognized and promoted trails to help remember our past and imagine our future.Greenway III, Grand Canyon Trail

The purpose of the Greenway trails is to provide guests of the park with easily accessible, multi-use trails, so that they can have a non-motorized form of travel throughout the park.

The Greenway trail system began as a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, what is now the Grand Canyon Association, and a volunteer group of planners and designers known as the Grand Canyon Collaborative. In addition to Greenway III, the project currently consists of four other trails:

  • The Greenway I trail, completed in 2002, extends the Rim Trail (from Grand Canyon Village to Yavapai Point) through Mather Point out to Pipe Creek Vista.
  • The Greenway II trail, completed in 2003, connects the Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village.
  • The Greenway IV trail, completed in 2009, connects Bright Angel Point to the North Kaibab Trailhead.
  • The Greenway V trail, completed in 2010, extends the Rim Trail to the South Kaibab Trailhead.

The Greenway III trail is being funded by a grant received from the Federal Highway Administration’s Public Lands Highways Program. Kaibab National Forest is also helping out with the construction of the trail, and the forest’s supervisor Mike Williams is quite pleased to be working with the project.

The National Park Service is also providing a 100-car parking lot north of Tusayan’s IMAX Theater for the convenience of people who wish to use the new Gateway III trail.

According to Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga, it is hoped that the new trail will be used alongside the shuttle buses going to Tusayan in the summer months, and that people will soon be able to combine a hike or bicycle ride with a shuttle trip for a truly easy and convenient time at Grand Canyon National Park.

For more information about Grand Canyon National Park, visit nps.gov/grca.