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Small online actions create large donations for hunger charities

Mercy CorpsLisa Halstead, board president of, announced that  grants totaling more than $2.9 million have gone to 109 charities and nonprofits operating in the United States and around the world between January and October 2011. Most of these grants began as free clicks by visitors who come to the GreaterGood Network's suite of cause-related websites daily or quick online donations of $10 to $50 through GreaterGood’s Gifts That Give More [tm] program.

“We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help so many this year,” said Lisa Halstead, board president of “In particular, visitors to the GreaterGood Network have been outstanding in supporting disaster relief efforts in 2011. But the fourth quarter of the year, October through December, is when we usually see the most activity on our websites and we hope to be able to do even more.”

Recipients have used these funds to respond to the devastation caused by natural disasters such as the current famine in the Horn of Africa and following the tsunami in Japan, tornadoes in the Midwest, and the flooding in the Northeast. Other grants have gone to longterm efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty, to provide health services to those suffering from cancer and to vulnerable children, to support education and literacy programs, to preserve rainforests and other vital wildlife habitats, and to fund protection and care for animals living in shelters and sanctuaries.

Starting at the end of 2010, also began giving grants to agencies providing meals, care, and job training to homeless veterans and their families.

From clicking on a website’s homepage button to playing a game to sending an e-card, these free actions added up to significant donations for GreaterGood’s charitable partners. Other grants were made possible by the Gifts That Give More [tm] program (100% of all donations received through this online program go to the nonprofit or project selected by the donor) and purchases of products sold at the GreaterGood Network stores (a portion of all sales goes to the cause selected by the shopper). 

Photo from Mercy Corps' relief efforts in Africa. In 2011, GreaterGood Network's lifetime donations to Mercy Corps topped $1 million.

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