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From November 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015, profits generated from getKoupons.com will be donated to Mission Africa, a BBB Accredited Charity. Founded in 2006, Mission Africa aims to empower children and families in remote African villages with the opportunity for better lives by focusing on three core areas: education, healthcare, and poverty alleviation.
Mission Africa provides education scholarships to 50 students in Nigeria every year since 2008, which provides scholarships, uniforms and school supplies from secondary schooling until graduation. Mission Africa also accepts book donations which are shipped in 40ft container loads to school libraries and instructors in African countries.
Mission Africa provides free medical outreach by partnering with local Nigerian health organizations. These mobile clinics include free medical services, free eye checks and health education on basic hygiene and proper nutrition as well as spreading HIV/AIDS awareness among community members.
Business Empowerment Services: Mission Africa helps establish small businesses for responsible adults by providing small business management training and counseling services, including: organizing workshops and seminars on better business management, simple book-keeping; raising morale, empowering people, improving the economy, and reducing poverty.
For more information about Mission Africa, please visit www.missionafrica.us.
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I have a few confessions:
I don’t enjoy crowded malls.
I don’t like traffic-jammed downtown.
I don’t like sifting through racks upon racks of mass manufactured clothing that every other mid-twenties female is wearing.
I dare not even think about the amount of waste created by the ever-demanding market of shoppers.
But do you know what I do like? Thrift shopping!
I can be looking for something in particular or stumble upon a unique vintage sweater that I won’t see anyone else on the street wearing; It’s like a treasure hunt every time I go in a thrift store! It gives me the thrill of shopping – and it’s cheaper!
Remember the 3 R’s we all learned in elementary school: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle?
While we’re getting pretty good as a society with recycling, we should not underestimate the impact of “reduce and reuse.”
Every time you buy something in a thrift store, you are reducing and reusing; reducing demand for new items and reusing someone else’s “discarded,” but perfectly good, often one-of-a-kind items. In addition to supporting the 3 R’s, profits from thrift shopping typically go to a deserving charity. They are often run by a non-profit such as the Salvation Army, Lifelong Aids Alliance or Goodwill, or they donate proceeds to a local non-profit. So not only am I reducing and reusing waste, I’m also shopping in a socially responsible manner and that makes me feel good about shopping
Hey! I guess I do like shopping.
But every once in a while, I can’t find what I need in a thrift store. And that’s when I am thankful for outlets like getKoupons.com because it gives me the opportunity to be socially responsible when I don’t shop at thrift stores.
The current sponsored project, the Muhuru Bay Community Microgrid project, is near and dear to me as I will be traveling to Kenya to help with the implementation of the electrical microgrid at Kristy’s Cape Academy.
Since I first learned about getKoupons.com, I always go to the site first to search for any new items I need to purchase. This allows me to maintain sustainable shopping behaviors by sending some revenue to the Muhuru Bay project, even when I do need to buy new items.
While thrift shopping has become somewhat of a hobby for me, I know that is not true for everyone. But I hope you’ll consider the social responsibility of a market economy and can take opportunities, like getKoupons.com, to shop while also giving back to deserving projects and charities around the world.
Blog Credit: Jenna Isakson
Four years ago I adopted my best friend, Dusty Rose and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Be it for daily walks to the park, weekend trips to the family cabin, road trips, camping, hiking, backpacking and anything outdoors – Dusty is always game and a loyal companion.
In case you haven’t guessed, Dusty is my dog. She’s an 8-year-old Basenji-Lab mix. When I adopted her she was in her prime at four years old and eager to explore her new life as a city dog.
She’s just as eager as ever to go for walks, run the beach and play with her younger cousin, Harley the boxer. As Dusty’s age is catching up on her, she does not last quite as long as she used to.
Over the last couple of months, she started developing a limp in her right hind leg after long walks and outings to the beach. Being the concerned dog-mom that I am, I took her to the vet as soon, as I could tell the limp was not getting any better.
Luckily, it’s nothing serious and she’s in generally great health! But Dusty has some signs of arthritis and the vet recommended she start a vitamin regimen of glucosamine with MSM. On top of the vitamins, the vet prescribed a chewable version of the key ingredients in those vitamins to double Dusty’s intake and get her flexibility back. And on top of that, she was prescribed anti-inflammatories for when she partakes in physically exerting activities. Needless to say, the costs were adding up.
Dusty has been on the vitamins for almost two months and we’ve already seen markedly less limping after intense activities. It’s clear that these supplements are worth it for her overall well-being and happiness.
The vitamins and anti-inflammatories are relatively affordable but the chewables- not so much. Those sold through my vet cost $25 for a 30 count. If I were to stick with those, I’d be down $300 after a year, which seems a little outrageous (no offense, Dust!). So I’ve taken to alternative routes to find the vitamins my dog needs. One of those routes being online, specifically deal websites such as getKoupons.com.
And guess what… I found a great deal! I was able to find a comparable supplement for a third of the price that my vet offers. I’m so happy to have found an affordable alternative to continue Dusty’s road to recovery, get her back out on the trails this summer and, at the same time, send a little kickback to the Muhuru Bay Community Microgrid project that I am proud to be a part of. All around, a definite win-win.
Blog Credit: Jenna Isakson
A number of our users have asked us about AmazonSmile and wondered as to how getKoupons would compare.
In an attempt to answer this question, I decided to write a blog – so here it goes…
If you are not familiar with AmazonSmile, I’ll quote a description directly from the their website:
- Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.
– AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
While 0.5% may not sound like much – it’s totally passive!
The AmazonSmile reads “You Shop. Amazon gives.”
To put this simply, the donation does not come from you.
Is getKoupons a worthy alternative to AmazonSmile? Lets explore further…
For illustrative purposes, let’s re-cycle the Amazon language above with edits:
– getKoupons donates 2 to 3% of the price of your eligible Amazon purchases to its featured charitable organization.
– getKoupons allows you to shop at the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Does that help clarify the similarities and differences?
Don’t worry – here’s a more detailed breakdown:
|Percentage Donated for Purchases on Amazon.com||0.5%||2 to 3%|
|Amount Donated for Every $1000 Spent on Amazon.com||$5||$20 to $30|
|Are Donations Made At No Cost to Consumers?||Yes||Yes|
|Do You Get To Shop at Amazon?||Yes||Yes|
|Do You Get to Enjoy Amazon Prime Benefits?||Yes||Yes|
|Do You Get to Pick Your Own Charity?||Yes||No – Rotating Charities|
|Operated by Amazon?||Yes||No – Independent|
|Does Charities Get Donations When You Shop at Other Stores?||No||Yes – Over 300 Stores|
Alright – before we go any further, let’s get a few things straightened out first:
If you intend to donate with your own funds, I strongly encourage users to donate directly to charities. While I am very supportive of donations to charities, I do not condone excessive online shopping just for the sake of contributing a small percentage to charities.
While I have no authority to speak on behalf of AmazonSmile, I personally think the same message applies.
Translation: It’s awesome to know that that charties benefit every time you shop, but that’s not an excuse to go crazy and max out your credit cards!
Both getKoupons and AmazonSmile simply serve as a platform to offer sponsored charities a means to earn passive revenue from amazon shoppers.
To re-state the obvious: Please don’t simply shop at Amazon from getKoupons just for the sake of contributing to any charity.
Instead, think of getkoupons or AmazonSmile as a way for charities to passively earn funds when you shop at amazon.
Do we compete with AmazonSmile? No. Either way Amazon benefits from the purchase and charities gain additional income. So we are happy.
Bottom line – it’s the consumers choice and prerogative.
If you prefer to have charities of your choosing earn $5 for ever $1000 you spend at Amazon? – use AmazonSmile.
If you want our featured charities to earn $20 to $30 for every $1000 you spend – use getKoupons
We are an alternative option that donates 100% of our profits to our sponsored charity. If you were already planning to shop at Amazon and would like to support our sponsored charities, then by all means shop with getKoupons.
getKoupons rotate sponsored charity every 4 months – Click Here
We are fans of Amazon and we love helping charities.
Are we an alternative to AmazonSmile? Yes
Are we the best alternative to AmazonSmile? We strive to be.
Are we a worthy alternative to AmazonSmile? You get to decide – we appreciate you no matter what.
Please note that for charities to benefit, you have to begin shopping from either AmazonSmile or getKoupons.
To avoid any hassle of having to remember to begin shopping from either sites above – We recommend that you set your browser homepage to either AmazonSmile or getKoupons.
To set getKoupons as your homepage in 3 simple steps (less than 1 minute) – Click Here.
Lastly, if you have read this far – Thank you!
Blog Credit: Fareez Ismail