Just CLICK HERE and then click "Add to chrome".
At the top of our partners' online shops you will see a button giving you an opportunity to start raising money for charities from your purchases in that shop. We will ask you to confirm your decision and that's it - everything works now.
When you pay for the products, we receive a portion of the price, usually between 3-10%, but sometimes even 100%! The price of the product doesn't change for you. We use the money we receive to cover our costs and donate to carefully selected charities.
The charities we support together are extremely effective. First of all, between 85-91% (GiveDirectly) and 100% (AMF, SCI) of the money you generate for them go straight to the cause. Also, these particular charities do a ton of good with every single dollar they get. SCI can cure one person of parasites for just $1.19, Against Malaria Foundation can protect 2 people from malaria for $4.85, and GiveDirectly gives $0.91 per every dollar to people living in extreme poverty. These estimations are based on GiveWell.org research. So even one small purchase in our partners' stores instead of other stores makes a huge difference (and by huge we mean HUUUUUUGE).
The charities we've chosen to support have been recommended by GiveWell.org - an organization that does in-depth research into how well charities do what they are supposed to do and chooses the best ones. As a result, the charities we support are exceptional at improving the lives of people living in extreme poverty. Thanks to that, you don't have to spend your time verifying if the charity you want to support is good, do their job well, doesn't pay ridiculous salaries to the founders, etc.
Selected charities are evidence-backed, thoroughly vetted, and underfunded.
Because of all that you can be sure that the money they receive from your online shoppings is used to do as much good as possible. Also, because the charities are so efficient with their funds, every small purchase in altruisto's partners' shops makes a difference.
Against Malaria Foundation
Malaria is a major problem in sub-Saharan Africa. Over 1 million people - mostly children — die from malaria each year. Insecticide-treated bed nets prevent deaths, and many other non-fatal cases of malaria and are relatively inexpensive, about $4.85 per net.Read full report
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative
SCI supports programs that treat people for parasitic worm infections that cause short-term symptoms such as anemia, and may cause longer-term developmental problems. These worms are very inexpensive to treat - it costs only $1.19 to treat one person (all costs included).Read full report
Directly transferring money to poor individuals allows them to purchase that which they believe will help them most. Strong evidence indicates that cash transfers lead recipients to spend more on their basic needs (such as food) and may allow recipients to make investments with high returns, with no evidence of large increases in spending on items like alcohol or tobacco.Read full report
The extension also offers additional features that you may find useful (and if not you can easily turn them off). These features are designed to make online shopping easier and more fun for you while generating even more money for charities.
This is a rectangle that shows up in the bottom right of your browser and informs you that there is either a better price for given product, a cupon that you may use, some kind of promotion, or just some really good product you may be interested in.
Here's an example:
No, Altruisto is absolutely free to use. The prices in the on-line stores are exactly the same whether you use altruisto.com or not. However, we have additional features that actually help you save money by informing you that there is either a better price for a given product, a cupun that you may use or some kind of promotion.
No, we are Community Interest Company.
No, we do not. We do get information about what kind of and how many products our users bought each month, but we do not track individual users' purchases.
Unfortunately, at this moment, no. But we are working on it, and soon it will be possible.
First of all, our users are clients who have strong incentive to buy from them and not their competition. Secondly, we are preparing multiple new features such as highlighting partners' websites in search results or informing the user when the product they are going to buy is available for the same price in one of our partners' stores. These features directly drive new consumers to partners' stores. Last, but definitely not least, thanks to Altruisto partners' brands are associated with a great cause.
We simply cover our costs and donate the rest of money to charities. Currently, there are no salaries being paid, but it may change in the future if the project will need full-time developers.