From now until the end of June, Easycharity.net will be helping Evanston Public Library Funds raise funds to support the Evanston Library System. www.Easycharity.net is a website that was created by a group of undergraduate students at Northwestern University who are interested in entrepreneurial opportunities. According to the information section of the website, the students believe that “if you’re going to shop online anyway, you might as well help others at the same time.”
With no extra cost to the consumer, the shopping experience itself is unchanged. Easycharity.net donates 90% of its revenues to charity. The group chooses different charities to donate to each month, and in the past have contributed to organizations such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, StandUp for Kids, and The Hunger Project.
“We are very grateful to Easycharity.net for choosing us as their charity. The whole concept is such a great way to give back, and we were really pleased when Easy Charity’s Tom Wu contacted us to participate,” said EPLF president, Emily Guthrie.
Easycharity.net can be used for a consumer’s everyday purchases, with affiliates such as Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, iTunes, and the Microsoft Store. Simply by going to Easycharity.net and clicking on one of the ad banners to enter an affiliate site, one can make purchases that will help donate to a worthy cause.
Evanston Public Library Friends is an independent, community-based organization dedicated to strengthening Evanston Public Library’s innovation, leadership and neighborhood outreach. Proceeds from this event will help fund the effort to keep the Evanston neighborhood libraries open and expand neighborhood services to the community. Formed in March 2010, the group has raised more than $85,000 and has enrolled more than 1,600 family memberships. (For more information, visit www.eplfriends.org.)