Nonprofit organizations are hurting because of the economy. In 2008, Unites States nonprofits brought in total revenue of $1.9 trillion. This number dropped by billions the following year, and 2010 is expected to be even more dire. Many nonprofit organizations have been forced to cancel programs, cut employees, or even to close their doors completely because of economic woes.This has further impact on the nation’s employment rate. Nationwide, nonprofits employ nearly 10% of our workforce. Many of these people are being let go. This is going to make our current economic crisis worsen. It is projected that by 2013 nearly a million nonprofit jobs will have been lost.Talk about a fundraising scare! Many nonprofit organizations are now looking into new ways to generate revenue. The typical bake sales, charity auctions, and golf tournaments haven’t been cutting it. Instead, many nonprofits are turning to online fundraising.Online fundraising is simple. Consumers can support nonprofit organizations when they shop online. Hundreds of merchants participate in this system, including Apple, BestBuy, Eastbay, Expedia, Macy’s and many more. When someone shops at one of these sites, they can opt to have a portion of their total purchase price donated to a selected nonprofit organization.In the past few years, millions of dollars have been raised online in this fashion. Online fundraising becomes more popular by the day, in large part because it is free to set up and run.You can start a new online fundraising campaign without any start-up costs. All an organization has to do is to fill out a simple registration form on an online fundraising website. Then, people can support that organization or any other on the website every time they shop.This form of fundraising also provides benefits to consumers. Often, a consumer who is shopping and donating in this way also saves money through free shipping, or via discounts not available in stores.Online fundraising provides an easy, free, quick way for nonprofits to make back some of the loss of revenue that they have seen in recent years. This can only help nonprofits, and benefit our economy.