Nowadays you can buy almost anything online and most of the online stores give commission to web sites which give them customers. The idea behind Shop to Donate is for a web site to give this commission to charity if you do your shopping using their links. Some Shop to Donate web sites have affiliate agreements with loads of different online shops and so they can also be called Charity Malls.
Some online stores, like Amazon.com have a separate address you can use to make your purchase and Amazon will make a small donation when you make a purchase. Simply use the address http://smile.amazon.com instead of the normal http://www.amazon.com and you are good to go!
Another way to create donations is to buy the goods from a charity mall which has an affiliate agreement with different online shops.
For you the price is exactly the same and the product is exactly the same, but if you buy it using the links
from GoodShop for example, then GoodShop will receive a commission and donate part of that
to a charity. The donation from purchases through GoodShop is often quite low –
only 1.5% or so – but with some shops the donation amount can be as high as 30%.
To get an idea of what kinds of things you can buy from a Charity Mall, visit
the following sites:
Here is a UK specific Charity Mall:
And here is a direct link to a charity mall from The Environment Site: