If you don’t already use the Google Chrome browser, here’s another reason to add to the list.

Chrome for a Cause is a browser extension (bit like a plug-in) for Google’s Chrome browser. It counts how many tabs you open throughout your browsing sessions, you then build up a tab currency which you can exchange for real contributions to causes.

Users can pick one of 5 different causes to donate their tabs to, vaccinations, books, clean water, shelter and trees. The break down looks like this:

  • 10 tabs = 1 tree planted
  • 10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
  • 25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
  • 100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
  • 200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year

Google will donate up to $1 million for this campaign which ends today.

Got to say that I love this campaign, the way it keeps you updated throughout your browsing with bits of information will no doubt raise awareness. I find myself constantly checking how much contributions I’ve built up.

It’s a shame I only found out about Chrome for a Cause last night but already I’ve contributed 3 vaccinations.

If you haven’t got the extension yet, it’s better late than never – click here to get it.