Giving Through Living

What is Giving Through Living?  Giving through living means taking advantage of opportunities to give to Ben's Buddies while doing the things you do in support of your everyday life.  With just a few tweaks to your normal routine, your daily activities can benefit Ben's Buddies and other charities you support.

 AmazonSmileAre you a frequent user of Amazon?  Are you an Amazon Prime member and those packages regularly show up on your doorstep for all sorts of odds and end?  By updating your Amazon favorite link to Amazon Smile, each purchase you make can benefit Ben's Buddies.  On your first visit to AmazonSmile you will be asked to choose a charity and your setting will be saved.  It's important to know that you must be in AmazonSmile when you check out for the donation to apply to your purchase.  The AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to your charity.  For more information, log on to  This is a great way to give through living!

 Goodsearch:  How many times per day do you search the internet?  Imagine if every time you searched, a penny went to your favorite charity?  By simply changing your search engine from your current engine to Goodsearch, powered by Yahoo, you can earn a penny for your favorite charity.  Watch for Ben's Buddies in the charity listings! For more information, go to and view the FAQs.


Goodshop:  Are you an online shopper?  Goodshop is an online shopping mall that donates a percent of your purchase price to your cause when you shop at one of 3,000+ partner stores including top retailers like Amazon (1.5% donation), Expedia (up to 5% donation), and Staples (2.5% donation). You can also find 25,000+ active discounts and money-saving coupons so you can save money and give back at the same time!  When you sign up to use Goodshop and click on the shop button or on a coupon or deal, we notify our partner stores that we referred you to their site. We are given a referral fee when you make a purchase and we split the referral fee 50/50 with the cause you’ve chosen.  For more information, log on  Watch for Ben's Buddies in the charity listings.


Corporate Giving:  Does your company have an annual giving campaign where you are encouraged to give?  Consider adding Ben's Buddies to your company's list of eligible charities. Most companies will match your contributions either any time or specifically during these campaigns.  Some will even double match making your contributions go further.  Our IRS 501(c)3 determination letter with our EIN can be found on the Ben's Buddies website at  Should you have any questions, contact our Treasurer, Brian Hanson via and he will be happy to help you.

 Community Partnerships:  Are you in the market for a house, looking for financial advice or reducing the time you spend in the kitchen?  Consider reaching out to one of our Ben's Buddies Community Partners who not only provide outstanding services but give a portion of their proceeds to Ben's Buddies in the process. 


Al Farmes – Necklen & Oakland Real Estate

Contact Al at 612-619-9920


Chris Hickman of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

Contact Chris at 651-635-1721


Mya's Meals (aka Mountains of Time) or


Like to read?  Check out 190 Days by A.E. Walker, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  A portion of the proceeds go to Ben’s Buddies.


Did we Miss Something? If you know of other opportunities we should be adding to our Giving Through Living campaign, please let us know!  We would love to hear your ideas.  Send an email to and a Ben's Buddies Board Member will follow up with you!

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Ben's Buddies is a not-for-profit organization recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).  Click here to view a copy of the IRS determination letter.