BRIGHAM COLUMN: Website gives back to local charities
As most of you already know, I like to save money wherever I can. I shop sales and use coupons.
There is a wonderful website I use to clip coupons called CommonKindness.com that allows me to support my favorite local chari- ties.
You can choose from the participating nonprofits, and a percentage of the funds received will go to those charities.
There are currently about 1,500 Charleston-area nonprofits that participate.
“We donate 20 percent of our coupon distribution revenues to the charity of the consumer's choice every time they redeem a CommonKindness coupon,” says Johnny Cavalli of CommonKindness.
“The brand pays CommonKindness 25 cents per redemption, and 5 cents goes to the nonprofits the coupon redeemer designated on the site.”
The site offers hundreds of coupons, product samples and other money-saving discounts.
Each time someone clips cou- pons or clicks discounts with CommonKindness, he gener- ates advertising revenues from the companies that post their coupons, product samples, sponsorships and other advertisements on the site.
Local nonprofits that partici- pate include the BRIGHT Historical Organization, National Organization for Women Inc., Parents Anonymous of South Carolina and more.
Founders Sarah Schloemer and Andrew Martin wanted to create a sustainable source of funding for America's nonprofit organizations, Cavalli says.
“We tried to think of how to generate funds in a way that wouldn't take money from the budget of consumers,” Schloemer says.
“And what we came up with was a system that actually helped people save money while generating sustainable funding for their favorite nonprofits.”
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