A new way to give

Online searching and shopping now have an added bonus – they’re another way to support the synod.

WELS members now can give to WELS’ operating fund when they shop online at Amazon. Through the program AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same products and deals as on the online shopping site, www.amazon.com, with the added benefit that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases to your selected charity. To choose WELS as the charitable organization you wish to support, go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-0842084. Then when you shop, go to smile.amazon.com.

WELS members also can support WELS through using www.GoodSearch.com as their search engine. Simply choose “Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (Waukesha, WI)” from the pull-down menu when you search. Each search will generate approximately $.01 for WELS. More than $10,000 has already been earned through use of this search program. The GoodSearch organization has also added GoodShop, which donates a percentage of your purchases from several online retailers to your charity.

Martin Spriggs, WELS chief technology officer, says, “The benefit is, you’re searching [the Internet] anyway, why not benefit the charity of your choice, in our case WELS?”