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03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cyber Monday: Giving Online For The Holidays

Though technically not the biggest online shopping day of the year, the Monday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as "Cyber Monday," a day when online retailers release a bevy of deals leading up to Christmas.

So, you could spend your down time at work today scouring the web for online deals, or you could follow our steps to giving online this season. Some retailers are offering some special ways to contribute along with purchases. Away we go:

•Your top bet for buying and giving is Good Shop, a site by GoodSearch.com which links to online coupons and gives up to 30% of each purchase you make to the organization or school of your choice. The donation money comes from commission paid by retailers to GoodSearch.com

•Animal-lovers can contribute to good through BringPetsHome.org, a site that's partnered with Amazon.com, Walmart, Macy's and others to donate a portion of online purchases to animal shelters.

UncleVic.com is offering to donate $1 for every purchase made on the site through tonight as part of its Penny Pincher Promotion. Online shoppers can visit Uncle Vic's Facebook page to vote on which of six select nonprofit organizations should receive the donations.

eBay's Giving Works encourages donating to nonprofits as part of the shopping experience, or partaking in a celebrity auction, proceeds of which go to specific causes. Through eBay, you can also shop by cause. So selecting "Ending Poverty" will bring up products that contribute specifically to organizations like Share Our Strength, Heifer and Feeding America.

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