GoodSearch


What is GoodSearch?

We all have a cause we care about - whether it's finding a cure for cancer, saving the environment, finding homes for abandoned pets or so many other worthwhile endeavors. But what we don't all have is the time or money to support these efforts as much as we'd like. So, what if we could raise money for our favorite charities and schools by doing something we do every day searching the Internet?

That's the question Ken Ramberg (the former founder of JOBTRAK, now a division of Monster.com) and JJ Ramberg (an MSNBC anchor and the former Director of Marketing at Cooking.com) asked themselves a few years ago. After realizing what a fraction of the $8 billion generated annually by search engine advertisers could do if it were directed towards organizations trying to make the world a better place, they launched GoodSearch in 2005.

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!


F.A.Q.s

How do I raise money for my favorite charity or school through GoodSearch?

Last year search engines generated close to $8 billion in revenue from advertisers. We've developed a way to direct some of that money to the causes you care about most. It's easy ... every time you search the Internet at GoodSearch.com, your charity or school earns money and the more you search, the more they make. Add up the money generated from all your searches and those done by the millions of other people who we hope will use GoodSearch, and we can make a real difference to the people and causes that need funds most.

How does it work? Are the search results going to be as good as the search engine I am using now?

GoodSearch.com is powered by Yahoo! so you'll get high-quality search results!

Where does the money come from?

Search engines make most of their money from companies that pay an advertising fee when users click on links during a search. At GoodSearch, we've developed a patent-pending way to track and direct these search-generated proceeds to charities. In other words, a portion of advertiser dollars (and not your own!) earned as a result of your search, are now passed along to the organization you've chosen to support.

Do the users ever have to pay anything?

No. GoodSearch provides people a way to support their favorite cause at no cost. The money comes from the GoodSearch advertisers.

What percentage of revenue goes to the charities and schools?

GoodSearch is a search engine with a unique social mission which involves generously giving back to charity with every Web search. We direct a minimum of 50 percent of revenues (this currently equates to about a penny per search) to the nonprofits designated by our audience. Please note that image, video and site-specific searches are not included.

Other examples of socially-conscious companies which donate a percentage of their revenues or profits to good causes include Newman's Own, Ethos Water, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry's.

Do all of my searches count toward donations?

All of your searches will count toward donations except for the following: 1) image searches; 2) video searches; 3) "search this site" searches; 4) searches for URL's (i.e., search terms ending in .com, .org, .net, .edu); 5) searches to sites for which the URL is well known such as HotMail, ESPN, MySpace, Facebook, GMail, AOL, etc.; 6) searches for stock quotes; 7) searches for word definitions, and 8) any searches generated from fraudulent use of the site.



Set up your Computer!


1. Select Holy Counselor as your charity. Go to www.goodsearch.com and you should see a box below the gray WHO DO YOU GOODSEARCH FOR? oval. Type Holy Counselor in that box where it says enter your charity here... and then click the verify button. Now all your GoodSearches will raise money for our church. Note: Your computer must be set up to allow cookies. If you delete the cookie, then future searches will not accrue for Holy Counselor until you repeat this step. 

2. Make GoodSearch your default search engine in your web browser. Just click the link on the GoodSearch home page, Add GoodSearch to your IE, Firefox, or Mac toolbar. There is no need to download the GoodSearch toolbar. Use the link for the plug-in for your browser that you'll see in the menu on the left.

If you are using an earlier version of Internet Explorer than IE7 you may need to manually add GoodSearch to your browser toolbar.

1. Use this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/searchguide/en-en/default.mspx?dcsref=http://runonce.msn.com/runonce2.aspx

2. Copy the following text: http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=TEST
and paste this into the URL box in the yellow area on the right of that screen, line 3. Enter the name GoodSearch in line 4 and then click install. Check the box for make this my default search provider and click Add Provider.

Need Help? Click here to send an e-mail and ask one of our church's volunteers to help you get set up.