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The Mutual Awards Do-Gooders with Deals and Discounts

By: Katherine Vong - Published: Dec 20, 2011 • References: themutual_ and psfk
Most of us have good intentions but the reality is that some people just need a push to do good, and The Mutual gives consumers that push. In exchange for their funds, The Mutual provides do-gooders with special deals and discounts at local shops and eateries.

However, consumers don't just pick a charity and get perks in return. The Mutual actually operates much like a daily discount site, except to access the deals and discounts, you must pay a monthly membership fee of $10. The company then donates 80 percent of the monthly fee to a charity, which includes organizations like Oceana, The Trust for Public Land and Center for Ecoliteracy.

In this way, The Mutual -- which has been referred to as the 'Groupon for Good' -- allows both consumers and businesses to benefit while also contributing to social issues. The Mutual's co-founder Daniel Vallejo describes the model as "profitable activism."