If you’re like most people, you’re making your holiday gift list, and perhaps even planning year-end donations to favored charities.
Instead of shopping at plain old Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and sign up to benefit the American Copy Editors Society Education Fund. When you buy something through Amazon Smile, the Ed Fund will get 0.5 percent of nearly every purchase, no extra cost to you.
Another way is to shop online through GoodShop. Depending on the store, the Ed Fund can get up to 5 percent of the purchase price, and many coupons are available. These are not second-rate places, either: The hundreds of stores include Old Navy, Harry & David, hotels.com, Staples, L.L. Bean, Toys “R” Us, Orbitz, Walgreens …
Even better, if you use GoodSearch instead of Google, the Ed Fund will get a penny for every search you do. GoodSearch uses the Yahoo search engine; you can add it to your browser and make it your default search, going to Google or another search engine if you need something else. Those pennies do add up.
Of course, if you have some extra cash lying around, the Ed Fund will take that, too. Nov. 29 is #GivingTuesday, a time for you to step back from Black Friday and Cyber Monday and help the causes you believe in. Giving on that day is fine, but any other day is fine too. You can donate to us via copydesk.org or our mail-in form.
Why give at all? To support the future of your profession. The Education Fund offers scholarships to college students interested in copy editing as a career. Thanks to your previous generosity, through donations and the spelling bee and silent auction at the annual conference, we’ve been able to increase the amount of our base scholarship, as well as the amount of reimbursement for winners who come to the conference.
We want to do more. Won’t you help us?