The Rainforest Site

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Rainforest Site
Web address http://www.therainforestsite.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site click-to-donate site
Owner Tim Kunin and Greg Hesterberg
Created by None
Current status Active

The Rainforest Site is a "click-to-donate" website, launched in May 2000, that uses ad-based revenue to conserve land in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and other locations worldwide. In addition, a portion of funding goes to preserve old-growth forest in the state of Washington USA. The Rainforest Site is owned and operated by Tim Kunin and Greg Hesterberg, co-owners of the for-profit company, CharityUSA.com, LLC.

The Rainforest site is paid by its sponsors each time someone visits a page with one of the sponsor's ads. The money is then donated to one of several charitable organizations and used to help conserve or preserve rainforest land important to helping sustain biodiversity world wide. The sponsors will only pay the rainforest site once per click, per person, per day. The site claims that each unique click on The Rainforest Site currently saves 11.4 sq ft (1.06 m2) of land. While The Rainforest Site is not a non-profit website, it claims that 100% of money raised through ad revenue is donated directly to charities. This holds true for all of the click to donate websites operated by CharityUSA, which apparently earn their profit from the sale of merchandise from their websites.

The site raises funds for several charities; The Nature Conservancy, The Rainforest Conservation Fund, The World Parks Endowment, and The Friends of Calakmul.

CharityUSA operates a number of charity-themed advertising and shopping sites, including The Hunger Site, The Breast Cancer Site, The Literacy Site, The Animal Rescue Site, The Child Health Site, and The Ecology Fund. CharityUSA is a for-profit company. Although some of the revenue generated by these websites goes to non-profit organizations, a majority of it is claimed by CharityUSA.[citation needed]

Total land conserved[1]

Year Clicks "Area saved"
2013 24,529,451 6,419.6 acres (25.979 km2)
2012 28,175,300 7,373.7 acres (29.840 km2)
2011 39,456,096 10,326.0 acres (41.788 km2)
2010 39,914,869 10,446.0 acres (42.273 km2)
2009 43,944,379 11,500.6 acres (46.541 km2)
2008 45,392,545 11,879.6 acres (48.075 km2)
2007 30,562,147 8,002.8 acres (32.386 km2)
2006 27,745,996 7,261.3 acres (29.385 km2)
2005 28,115,235 7,358.0 acres (29.777 km2)
2004 26,522,578 6,939.9 acres (28.085 km2)
2003 23,916,601 7,917.2 acres (32.040 km2)
2002 21,526,818 5,633.7 acres (22.799 km2)
2001 12,688,459 1,322.8 acres (5.353 km2)
2000 15,559,026 4,704.4 acres (19.038 km2)

External links[edit]

  • [1] Official website.
  • [2] Will's Web Watch: 'Charity' sites raise user concerns.