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Ovation: Philanthroper.com

04/18/2011

If you’re like me, you’ve shared your email address enough times to be on several daily email lists … joke of the day, coupon of the day, etc.  Daily deals are either a thrill or a nuisance.

Philanthroper.com is another “daily deal” website but, instead of selling something, they share the story of a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization every day.  And if you’d like, you can give them one dollar.  Each day, your tax-deductible donation is sent anonymously, mostly to protect you from getting solicitations from hundred of nonprofits a year.  That way, you can engage with nonprofits on your own terms, should you choose to become involved with a cause that you find particularly noteworthy.

By donating only one dollar today, they figure we’ll be able to donate another tomorrow.  And another the next day.  According to their philosophy, givers will donate more money over time than normal and it will be less noticeable to their household budgets. They never charge any fees and their payment process is extremely secure.

Philanthroper.com carefully chooses the 501(c)3 charities that it supports through an in-depth study of each organization.  They take special interest in non-profits that bring in less than one million dollars per year in revenue because these charities tend to be young, growing and in need of every dollar that they can get.  Of course, you’re welcome to give more.

Philanthroper.com is trying to make doing good a habit.

UPDATE: On September 17, 2012, Philanthroper.com founder, Mark Wilson tweeted “We’re shutting down @philanthropr. If you’re reading this, I owe you a big thanks for supporting the project. philanthroper.com.”

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