Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Shop and Dine while Giving Back at GoodShop.com

With love in the air, GoodShop and GoodDining have joined together to create the perfect Valentine’s Day: Users of these sites can buy gifts, use money saving coupons, and dine out---all while supporting their favorite charity or school.

Lovebirds are turning to GoodShop.com to get coupons, deals, and free shipping offers on flowers, chocolate, teddy bears and hundreds of other gifts that say "I love you." GoodShop works with more than 2,600 stores including Amazon, 1-800-FLOWERS, Shutterfly, Victoria’s Secret, Build-A-Bear Workshop, jcpenney, and Godiva among others to donate up to 30% of every purchase to the favorite cause of the shopper’s choice. Plus, GoodShop now has over 100,000 money saving coupons so charity supporters can save money and give back this Valentine’s Day.

Here are some sample coupons to take advantage of:

· 1-800-FLOWERS – Save 15% on your Valentine's purchase (+8% donation)

· Shutterfly – Give a photo book of memories to someone special and save up to 25% (+4% donation)

· Godiva – $10 off orders over $60 (+3% donation)

· Victoria’s Secret - Get $15 off $100, $30 off $150 & $75 off $250 orders (+2% donation)

GoodDining is a new approach to philanthropy that enables ‘giving back,’ 365 days a year, simply by dining out. Take your special someone to one of the participating 10,000 restaurants nationwide and your Valentine’s Day dinner will donate up to 6% of the total bill to the cause of your choice. Restaurants include well-known brands like Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Black Angus, Lucky Strike, and thousands of other local favorites. Dining out while giving back to your favorite charity is the perfect way to impress your date and make this Valentine’s Day truly special.

Internet users have found GoodShop and GoodDining to be a compelling idea. Beth Elson, a lawyer in Chicago, uses GoodShop and GoodDining to support the Best Friends Animal Society which runs the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. “This seems too good to be true but it’s not! I feel fantastic knowing that when I dine out and buy gifts this Valentine’s Day, a portion of the money I spend will go directly to helping animals who need our help. And, I’ve found amazing coupons on GoodShop as well – it’s a no-brainer to use this site!”

The GoodShop and GoodDining team is revolutionizing online philanthropy so that no one is denied the opportunity to support the causes most important to them, especially during tough economic times. “We are dedicated to empowering people to change the world through simple everyday actions” said Scott Garell, CEO of GoodSearch. “By shopping at GoodShop and dining out at a GoodDining restaurant, Valentines now have a simple and easy way to donate to their favorite cause while celebrating their love. The end result is more books for schools, research for cures, pets adopted, homeless fed, oceans cleaned, and other important work accomplished by these non-profits.”

About GoodSearch

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, GoodSearch empowers people to change the world through simple everyday actions that raise money for causes people care most about. Launched in 2005, the service currently includes GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine and GoodShop, an online shopping and coupon portal which works with more than 2,600 top merchants including jcpenny, Lands' End, Staples, and HP, and GoodDining. To date, GoodSearch has donated more than $8.4 million to over 104,000 charities and schools designated by its users.

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the PR firm to share. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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