May 2012 is the first ever National Dine-Out-for-Charity month.
It’s super easy, and you get to painlessly donate money to a charity of your choice just by doing something you’re already doing!
You register on GoodDining.com, which has a list of 10,000+ restaurants across the country that will donate 3.5% or 6% (depending on how often you dine out) of the diner’s bill, including tax and tip, back to the charity or school of the diner’s choice. Yes, that’s any charity or school the diner chooses from GoodDining’s list of over 105,000 – whether that be a large national organization like The American Red Cross or a local cause like a neighborhood dog rescue or homeless shelter.
Bonus: users that sign up in May and spend $30 at a participating restaurant within 60 days of signing up, will earn a $5 bonus donation for their favorite cause. This is in addition to earning a donation of up to 6% of their bill year-round.
There are tons of participating restaurants in Austin, but none in Aspen, though there are in Denver!
Don’t forget that you can also use GoodShop (goodshop.com), enter your favorite charity or school shop at more than 2,500 participating stores (like Amazon, Macys and Toys R Us) and a percentage of what you spend will go back to your cause + GoodSearch (goodsearch.com) which we’ve talked about before where you also enter your favorite charity then search the web in the Yahoo-powered search box as you usually would – each time you search, a donation is made to your cause!