Dogpile: A a metacrawler using a combination of Google, Bing and Ask to get its search results, this search engine will donate part of the generated revenue to animal rescue organisations helping out abandoned dogs, cats and other pets. The sponsored search results are not clearly marked, they are located above and below their results.
Optionally DogPile provides a toolbar that you can download to use the search engine directly from your internet browser.
GoodSearch: It uses Yahoo for its results and it allows you to choose what charity you want to support before starting the search, there is an enormous wide range of good causes supported, cancer treatment, local animal refuges, privacy rights group advocates, etc.
You can buy goods using one of the digital discount coupons provided by GoodSearch search engine portal instead of going to the online shop directly and you will be helping fund raise money for your charity at the same time as you save cash yourself.
LookPink: Every one of your Internet searches using LookPink helps raise money to find a breast cancer cure, visitor’s searches help fund major breast cancer prevention foundations. The amount of funding generated per search depends on the search term and actions completed after the search is conducted.
Ripple: This search engine supports various third world development charities, only searches from the ripple homepage or toolbar make money for charity. Repeat searches you do from the results pages will not as Google provides the results page, and Ripple can not place their search sponsor there.
How search engines make money
Search engines make billions of Euros a year, every time you perform a search you are presented with sponsored results, when you click on one of those sponsored links the search engine gets paid, what it is known as pay per click, the price of that click will depend on the user location, the wealthier the country where the user is located the more the click will be worth, it will also depend on the product being sold, companies selling products with a high margin will be willing to pay more for each user the search engine refers to them.
Online stores bid for keywords in order to rate higher in the search engine results, the higher up their name comes up the more they have to pay with each click having a higher costs.
Retailers can discriminate certain countries in the search engine results deciding not to show up in them, a company only capable of selling to US based customers will not have any interest in visitors coming from somewhere else and ban them.
Helping animal shelter & good causes searching
The Internet portal providing the searching services gets a cut from each click on the sponsored results, one part goes to the search provider, Google or Bing, and the other part goes to the website where the search has originated from, that is how these charity friendly search engines are able to make money.
Instead of you using Google.com or Bing.com to carry out your next Internet search, you can use a search engine giving you the same results and at the same time you will be helping charity not costing you a dime.