“Groupon” for Non-Profits
By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor
We all have heard of sites like Groupon, LivingSocial and the myriad of similar deal-of-the-day shopping sites, but have you heard of Philanthroper? Instead of selling you a deal, they share with you a new non-profit organization everyday. If you like the “deal”, simply donate $1.00. That’s right and you can, in fact, only donate $1.00. Their feeling is that if you only spend $1.00 today you will come back tomorrow and do the same for another non-profit organization. Philanthroper takes no percentage of the sales (that is why you see advertisement space on their site), leaving your whole dollar to go directly to the organization. Plus, they pay the featured organizations within a week.
Philanthroper is always looking for non profit organizations to feature. If you know of an exceptional group that is doing good, especially one that is new and growing, then email them here firstname.lastname@example.org. When they identify a group that interests them, they look at the individual business practices by checking the tax forms before contacting them to be featured on their site. Although this is a new site, here are some of the non profit organizations that they have already raised money for: FAIR Fund, Paint Your Heart Out, and See TURTLES.