FOTWW and the Upcoming Holiday Season

As we move deeper into the month of November, our thoughts begin to turn to the upcoming holiday season and with its arrival, comes shopping and traveling to see family, friends, and loved ones. In today’s hectic times, most of us make our travel plans and do our shopping online because it’s easier and we are able to do so in the comfort of our homes and on our own time frames.

When Friends of the Wild Whoopers, (FOTWW) received its nonprofit 501(c3) status in 2014, we enrolled in some online giving programs so that we could receive donations generated by our supporters who shop and search online. The programs that we have been enrolled in are AmazonSmile, GoodShop and GoodSearch. Everyone is aware of the AmazonSmile giving program, but so many are unaware of the GoodShop and GoodSearch programs.

Holiday Season
GoodShop and GoodSearch donates to FOTWW

For those who aren’t familiar with GoodShop and GoodSearch, let me try to give a short explanation on how both work. Both programs are easy to use and since we have been enrolled, our supporters who have signed up with the programs choosing FOTWW as their charity, have earned a total of $492.00 in donations for FOTWW and it was all done by shopping and/or searching online at no cost to you.


GoodSearch is a search engine and works like Google or any other search engine. For every online search you make, they donate 1¢ to FOTWW. That’s all there is to it! Make 10 searches from their portal and we receive a dime donation. It may not sound like much but those pennies do add up throughout the year.


Now about GoodShop. Everyone knows how AmazonSmile works and we can say that GoodShop works the same way, but is even better with 3,000+ partner stores to shop from. With AmazonSmile, charities receive ½ of 1% in donations on your purchase. That means for every dollar you spend at AmazonSmile, you generate ½ cent in donations.

GoodShop gives you more freedom of store choices, travel arrangements and their percentages of donations are higher than AmazonSmile. Let’s say you are traveling for the holidays. From the GoodShop portal, you could choose Travelocity, make your reservations as usual and by doing so, FOTWW would earn a donation of up to 4% of your purchase price. Make arranges through Orbitz and the donation is up to 3.5%, and Expedia earns up to 5%. There are other travel sites, but these examples give you an idea about how it works.

Do you like shopping at Walgreens, LL Bean, or JC Penney online? Through the GoodShop portal, your purchases from Walgreens would earn FOTWW a donation of up to 4%, purchases from LLBean, 2% and JC Penney, 3%. It’s that easy! You shop and GoodShop donates to FOTWW.

Why FOTWW participates

You may wonder why we are mentioning this. FOTWW is an all-volunteer nonprofit and all FOTWW staff members donate their time, energy and sometimes their own personal funds to keep you informed and to continue our mission to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat, including our “stopover habitat” project.

So with the upcoming holidays just around the corner, won’t you please consider enrolling in the GoodShop and GoodSearch programs? All you need to do is go to their website, give them your name and email address, and choose Friends of the Wild Whoopers as your charity. Having been enrolled in the program for several years, I can assure you that you won’t receive tons of emails from them and your information is kept private.

FOTWW thanks everyone who are currently supporting us through GoodShop and GoodSearch and to those who start using it, we thank you beforehand. If you should have any questions about these programs, please feel free to send us an email or post a comment under this article, and we’ll gladly answer them.

Already using GoodShop and GoodSearch? Please share this with families, friends and coworkers who may not know about it.

Thank you all!
Pam Bates
Vice President – FOTWW


Friends of the Wild Whoopers shirts available

Whooping crane shirts available.

Friends of the Wild Whoopers (FOTWW) is hard at work to help protect and manage the only remaining wild, self-sustaining migratory population of whooping cranes on earth. One of our generous Friends donated money for us to obtain shirts for use in fund raising. So we are offering
the shirts as a “Thank You” gift to those who make a donation to our cause. For a minimum donation of $29.00, you will receive a beautiful free high-quality T-shirt with our logo on the front and custom artwork on the back. If you also like our free cozy sweatshirt with custom artwork, a minimum donation of $36.00 is requested. A small flat-rate shipping fee of $7.00 will be added to each donation to help cover shipping costs.

“Thank You” Gift Description.
Please make a donation today to Friends of the Wild Whoopers to get your “Thank You” shirt and show how much you care about these magnificent birds.

To receive your “Thank You” gift(s), select your size and click on “Add to Cart”. You can choose to donate with PayPal, a bank account, and debit or credit card.

Want to donate by check or money order? Please read below.

whooping crane shirts
– Click on photo to enlarge. –    This “Gildan” 100% Cotton, pigment dyed short-sleeve T-shirt has the FOTWW logo on the front, left side and a one of a kind painting of Whooping Cranes flying on back. Available in adult sizes: Small to XX-Large. Color: Light Blue




whooping crane shirts
– Click on photo to enlarge. –   This “Gildan” sweatshirt has a beautiful embroidered image of a Whooping Crane flying across a wetland. Available in adult sizes: Small to XX-Large. Color: Sand


To send your donation by check or money order and to receive your shirt(s), please print out and send your FOTWW Donation/Shirt Form along with your donation to the address on the form.

Make check or money order payable to: “Friends of the Wild Whoopers” and mail it to the address on the form.

Postage and handling anywhere in the U.S. is $7.00. Canada and other nations will be determined by Postal service. Please send us an email at logo

***** FOTWW’s mission is to help preserve and protect the Aransas/Wood Buffalo
population of wild whooping cranes and their habitat. *****
Friends of the Wild Whoopers is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.