We’ve all been shopping and been put on the spot when a cashier rings up our total and then asks if we want to donate, say, $1 to the American Cancer Society. More often than not, I will make the additional donation, and yet the whole transaction is somehow unseemly – as if I’ve been guilted or (worse) strong-armed into doing the civic-minded thing. Just imagine if you could shop at all your favorite places, and then the retailer – not you – makes a percentage contribution to the cause of your choice. Well, thanks to Buy4.com, now you can.
Simply visit Buy4, choose a cause, and then shop online at over 1700 of the nation’s most popular retailers. You can create donations by shopping at retail partners including Walmart, Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, Amazon, PetsMart, Home Depot, Expedia and hundreds of other popular merchants. The retailer pays a percentage, ranging from 1 percent up to 30 percent, of each purchase generated by Buy4 members to that member’s favorite cause. There is no additional cost to the shopper and joining the charitable shopping website is free and easy.
Buy4 members can choose from more than 1.5 million causes to support, and includes charities such as Autism Speaks, the Children’s Institute and the United Nations Foundation.
“The United Nations Foundation is proud to partner with Buy4.com to raise money for the Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation.
Do you have some last-minute holiday shopping to do? If so, who are you going to Buy4? Perhaps we can help you decide. We’re going to give away a $250 VISA gift card to one lucky commenter. To enter, sign up at buy4.com and explore the site, then leave a comment on this blog post stating which charity/cause you would donate to if you won the gift card.
You can also visit Buy4 on Facebook.