The holidays are here and ’tis the season for two things: Shopping and giving back. If you're looking for an easy as (pecan) pie way to contribute to non-profit organizations, use SocialVest when shopping online. SocialVest is a new online shopping platform that lets users earn money to donate to causes close to their heart when shopping online at over 800 participating retailers.

To get started, visit the SocialVest website and click "Join" to sign up for a free account. Register with your email address or Facebook account.

When you are ready to shop for a cause, log in to your account and click on the "Shop" icon at the top of the screen. Search for participating stores or products in the search box or choose to "Shop by Category," "Shop by Product,” or  "Shop All Retailers.”

When buying something from a partnered retailer, between 1 to 15% of the purchase is donated to a non-profit organization you select on the SocialVest site. Participating retailers include Amazon (earn 4%), (earn 5%). Dillards (earn 3%), Expedia (earn 1%), Gap (earn 3%), Groupon (earn 1%), LivingSocial (earn 1%), Nordstom (earn 4%), Macys (earn 2%), and many more. To make a purchase through SocialVest (and earn money to give to the charity of your choice), find the retailer or product you want to buy listed on the SocialVest site and then click on the blue “Shop Now” button.

The money earned from making purchases with participating retailers (lets call this your “giving money”) may take up to two weeks to appear in your SocialVest account. Once the “giving money” appears in your account, you can donate it to over 1.5 million non-profit organizations registered on SocialVest.

Some of these non-profits include: American National Red Cross, American Cancer Society, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Salvation Army, UNICEF, and United Way. To search the list of non-profits you can earn free money to donate to through SocialVest, click here. Can’t pick just one cause? No worries. Split up your “giving money” among as many non-profits as you choose. Spread the love!

If you don't want to bother with logging in to SocialVest every time you make an online purchase with a participating online retailer, there is an option to download the SocialVest Broswer app. With this app, you can shop directly at SocialVest’s participating online retailers without having to come to the SocialVest site first. If you use your iPhone to online shop, then consider downloading the SocialVest mobile app.

Keep shopping through SocialVest and make sure to tell your friends! You’re going to shop anyway, so why not earn free money to donate to the charity of your choice? Make a purchase, make a difference!

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