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We have awarded Youcare our prestigious Bronze Award in this category, having reviewed 16 Charitable Search Engines. Read our review below to find out why...
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Youcare is a French-based charitable search engine, that donates 80% of its profits from ad revenue to various "good deeds". Youcare began by donating meals to animals in shelters. As a French-based search engine, the vast majority of meals have been delivered to animal shelters in France. Since its launch in 2017, Youcare have donated over 350,000 meals to animals in shelters, mostly in France, but in 2019 Youcare also started donating meals to animals in shelters in the USA, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia. In 2020, Youcare expanded to allow you to choose your own good deed from a variety of options. Youcare's search results are powered by Bing and they have done a good job of assembling and displaying their search results.
Youcare is a French-based charitable search engine, that donates 80% of its profits from ad revenue to various "good deeds".
Youcare allow you to choose your own good deed, but to do so you must create an account on the site. The good deeds by Youcare include planting new coral reefs, donating meals to animals in shelters, donating drinking water, removing plastic from the ocean, reforestation and helping with cancer research. Youcare support various charities within each of these sectors, in countries such as Australia, Belgium, Benin, France, Switzerland, USA and the Ukraine. Once you've created an account on the site, you can choose your "good deed", however you will be limited to just one good deed - you cannot support multiple good deeds as you can on SearchScene and some other charitable search engines.
You can check out Youcare's donation certificates here, although it is worth mentioning that these are self-styled "certificates" and not actual donation receipts.
With a donation percentage of 80%, Youcare are among the most generous search engines when it comes to charitable donations, matching Ecosia's 80%. They fall short of SearchScene's 95% donations, but exceed most others, notably OceanHero who donate a measly 50% of their profits to ocean cleaning projects.
Youcare's search results are powered by Bing and Youcare have done a very good job at assembling and displaying those search results, which include image thumbnails, video thumbnails and news thumbnails embedded in the search results. The desktop version of the site will give you 5 image thumbnails, 3 news thumbnails and 3 video thumbnails; whilst the mobile version of the site will give you 5 image thumbnails, 4 news thumbnails and 10 video thumbnails in a sliding carousel. It seems a bit strange that the mobile version offers the user more rich-content than the desktop version. Nevertheless, the content looks very engaging on both desktop and mobile devices. It may be worth noting that the number of thumbnail images displayed does fall well short of those on some of our top ranked charitable search engines, notably SearchScene, which provides up to 20 image thumbnails and 10 video and news thumbnails in a sliding carousel.
A small Wikipedia-based knowledge panel is also provided in the right hand sidebar for search queries that return a Wikipedia search result. This is done via the Wikipedia API and is fairly common among most search engines, including charitable search engines. However, it is worth noting because not all charitable search engines provide it. That said, the Wikipedia-based knowledge panel on Youcare is fairly basic and is on a par with that provided by Ecosia. Compare Youcare's knowledge panels with the rich Google-like knowledge panels provided by SearchScene and you will see what we mean when we refer to Youcare's knowledge panels as basic.
Youcare also display a link to Google at the top of its search results pages, allowing you to repeat your search on Google in the event that you do not find exactly what you're looking for on Youcare. This is actually very useful, because there are times when you do need to fall back on Google for very specific search queries.
Youcare also offer dedicated image search, video search and news search results via tabs at the top of the search results pages. This is common to most search engines, but not all charitable search engines. Both the image search results and video search results are displayed as a gallery of very large thumbnails, which is easy to see and use and very engaging. By displaying the video search results as a gallery of 35 video thumbnails, Youcare have (in our view) done a better job than Google, who display their video results as a list of just 10 videos, along with descriptions.
Youcare offset their carbon footprint with donations to the Eden Reforestation Project, a US-based charity that plants trees around the world. By doing this, Youcare are able to remain carbon neutral. At the time of writing this review, Youcare seemed to be planting around 88 trees per month via the Eden Reforestation Project. Youcare have provided "donation certificates" here but, as with their animal meal certificates, these are actually self-assigned badges rather than actual receipts.
Browser extensions are provided for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Installing a browser extension means that Youcare.world will be set as your default search engine on that browser. Youcare also provide mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. Please search your Apple Store or Play Store, respectively for these.
Youcare does a very good job of displaying the Bing search results in an engaging way, embedding image thumbnails, video thumbnails and news thumbnails into the main web search results.
Youcare does a very good job of displaying the Bing search results in an engaging way, embedding image thumbnails, video thumbnails and news thumbnails into the main web search results. It also enhances these results by displaying a small Wikipedia article (comprising the Wikipedia main image and description) for all relevant search queries. The dedicated image search and video search results are displayed in a gallery of large thumbnails, making the content engaging and easy to use.
Youcare allow you to choose from a range of "good deeds" to support, which comprise of bundles of charities in various niches. However, in order to do so, you need to create an account and you may only support one good deed at a time. By donating 80% of their profits to these good deeds, Youcare are actually one of the more generous charitable search engines we've reviewed. This, combined with their first-class search experience, makes Youcare one of our favourite charitable search engines.
If you're trying to choose a charitable search engine and are torn between Youcare and SearchScene (our #1 choice in this category), then you can find a detailed comparison between SearchScene and Youcare here.
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