November 29, 2007 08:12 ET's Surfathon™ Offers Online Holiday Shoppers Chances to Win Money for Charity Without Buying a Thing

Fifty Winning Causes Will Receive $1,000 Over the Next Ten Months -- a Total of $50,000 in Donations

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Black Friday is behind us, the holiday shopping season is in full swing and according to global internet information provider comScore, Inc., online sales are expected to increase by 21 percent over last year., the online shopping mall where a portion of each purchase is donated to the shopper's favorite cause at no additional cost, has launched Surfathon, a contest spanning ten months that will give away $50,000 in donations to 50 deserving causes.

Surfathon is already in full swing with winners including Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Abandoned Pet Rescue, Insight Collaborative, Broome County Animal Care Council and Small Paws Rescue Inc.

Here's how Surfathon works. Join for free and earn up to 10 chances to win $1,000 for your favorite cause every day, simply by visiting the Web sites of participating retailers. Each visit counts as an entry in the Surfathon sweepstakes -- no purchase necessary. Every month, will award $1,000 each to five causes for a total of 50 winning causes and $50,000 in donations.

"Thanks to our members using iGive to shop, funds come back to Small Paws for needed medical care for rescue dogs," said Robin Pressnall of Small Paws. "This Surfathon prize adds to that, and will help with the extra medical expenses that always happen during the holidays."

"Surfathon is a easy, fun, free way for people to help their favorite causes, all while doing their holiday window shopping," said Robert Grosshandler, founder. " members have listed over 25,000 charitable causes with roughly 15 new cause listings added every day, allowing anyone to find a charity close to their homes and hearts, from large international aid organizations to local sports teams and animal causes."

The contest will run through July 31, 2008 with winners being announced the first week of each month. For additional information, visit

Registration at is free and simple. For a limited time, a bonus $5 donation is made with making your first purchase at a participating store within 45 days of joining. With over 680 participating retailers, such as Best Buy, eBay and Gap, there's something for everyone. was founded in 1997 with the goal of changing online shopping for good. Users can support any cause they wish, especially those close to their homes and hearts. They can track, directly on the site, their individual donations to their causes and the total amounts their causes have raised. shoppers have raised over $2.4 million for their favorite causes, ranging from animal shelters, school marching bands and medical research foundations to women's shelters and missing children's advocacy groups. For more information and a complete list of worthy causes, visit

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