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Even if you don't have time to volunteer, your computer does. The World Community Grid allows charities to use your computer's processing power when you aren't. The grid links your computer to thousands of others. Nonprofits can save money by reducing the time needed to conduct research on a variety of projects, including cures for childhood cancers and muscular dystrophy.

Next time you're online, why not surf for a cause? GoodSearch.com is a Yahoo-powered search engine that funnels money to your favorite schools and charities every time you do a standard Internet search. Each time you click on a link to one of the site's sponsored advertisers, 50 percent of the revenue generated from the click is shared with your nonprofit, to the tune of at least 0.01 cent per click.

It doesn't seem like much, but "all of those small contributions add up over time," says Shaunacy Webster, a fundraising consultant and owner of Philanthropic Edge in Lewis Center, Ohio. "Every penny is important."


 

 

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