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Giving money to charity is a good idea even if you’re barely getting by yourself.
A recent study published in Harvard’s Social Psychological and Personality Science found that people feel better about themselves when they help the less fortunate.
“People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,” researcher Kurt grey tells the Harvard Gazette. “By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.”
So what can you do?
We’ve rounded up a bunch of ad-sponsored programs that will give money to charity every time you click. Keep reading for an easy way to give without spending.
In 2004, Amnesty International launched the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign to help female victims of social injustice and sexual violence.
Through the Care2 website, 100% of donations generated by clicks go to Amnesty International -- currently the world's largest human rights organisation -- and sponsors agree to donate at least $1/CPM. Donating helps Amnesty fund its campaign.
Join Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer. Through click-to-donate, the world's largest grassroots network of cancer activists provides funds for cancer research and offers free mammograms to detect early signs of the disease.
Besides the federal government, Komen is the largest funder for breast cancer research in the world with more than $270 million grants under its belt.
Freerice is a vocabulary game that's fighting to end world hunger one answer at a time. Users are asked a series of questions and 10 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Programme for every correct answer. Questions get harder or easier depending on your score.
One thing Yahoo! has over Google is a search engine that donates every time you use its site. You can even choose the charity or organisation the donation goes to. Another site, Goodsearch, donates about a penny with every search phrase.