Does it cost me anything to use BuyforGood?
Do I have to visit BuyforGood before every online purchase?
How are affiliates chosen and displayed on BuyforGood?
How much money does BuyforGood donate to charity?
How much money do affiliates contribute to BuyforGood?
How much has been donated to charity so far?
I didn’t get a confirmation email or a notice that BuyforGood received a donation based on my purchase - did it go through?
How do I know the money raised by BuyforGood goes to charity?
What are cookies and am I being tracked?

Does it cost me anything to use BuyforGood?
No, it costs absolutely nothing to use BuyforGood. Our affiliates normally spend money on marketing themselves and their products. Instead of spending marketing dollars to attract BuyforGood visitors, they contribute that money to BuyforGood as a percentage of each purchase. And some affiliates even go above & beyond this and donate more to BuyforGood!

Do I have to visit BuyforGood before every online purchase?
We suggest that you do visit BuyforGood before every online purchase. Our affiliates use cookies to show that you visited BuyforGood and therefore know when to contribute to us. Some cookies expire sooner than others, so the process is simplified if you always visit BuyforGood before you buy online. Here are some easy ways to remember BuyforGood.

How are affiliates chosen and displayed on BuyforGood?
We choose affiliates that share a portion of their sales with us. We try to find affiliates that offer relevant services for the typical online shopper, with trusted brand names. We also look for affiliates that are generous in their sharing with BuyforGood. Accordingly, we list affiliates based on their brand recognition and their generosity. It’s a somewhat subjective and imperfect process – but we’re trying our best.

How much money does BuyforGood donate to charity?
All of our profits are donated to charity. This straightforward approach can be expressed with the following formula:

                  charitable donations = proceeds less operating costs

            where,
                  proceeds include all monies that we collect from our affiliates and from direct donation.
                  operating costs include administrative costs, employee costs, marketing, web hosting and web design.

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How much money do affiliates contribute to BuyforGood?
Our arrangement is different with each affiliate. Some contribute a larger portion of their sales to BuyforGood and to thank them we list them higher than other affiliates.

How much has been donated to charity so far?
We just got started (February 1st of 2006), so we haven't raised any money yet. The amount we are able to donate is entirely dependant on how many people visit BuyforGood, so please, tell your friends!

After I went to BuyforGood & shopped at one of your affiliates, I didn’t get a confirmation email or a notice that BuyforGood received a donation based on my purchase - did it go through?
Yes! We do not record or track your personal information (email, name, etc.) and we do not know what you go on to purchase from our affiliates. We therefore can’t acknowledge individual purchases and the resulting contributions to BuyforGood. But we are very grateful for every visit you make to BuyforGood: Thank you!

How do I know the money raised by BuyforGood goes to charity?
We are a new organization and we’re working towards our 501(c)(3) non-profit status. In the mean time, you’ll have to trust that our hearts are in the right place and remember BuyforGood costs you nothing. We will soon post our first donation receipt on this website! Oh, and if all of that doesn't lay your suspicions to rest, we also have a shining reference:

      “You can trust my son – he’s a good boy” – Alice Steinman (mother of BuyforGood founder, Josh Steinman)

What are cookies and am I being tracked?
Cookies are small text files that download to your web browser. When you select an affiliate to shop with, a cookie from the affiliate downloads to your browser. This is done to show that you visited BuyforGood so a contribution can be made. BuyforGood does not use cookies itself and does not track or record personal information!

Still have questions?
Email us at info@buyforgood.org.

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