SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE
There are numerous online shopping sites that individuals can use to support their favorite charities. Most sites are basic search shopping sites that provide users with discounts at many of the well known national merchandise companies. Simply browsing and shopping through these sites provide cash back to organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters. They also provide cash back to the organization on purchases using the site. Below are some examples of various sites with brief descriptions of their giving/incentive programs. In most cases, simply selecting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley as your charity of choice provides us dollars to continue our important mission!
What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.
How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations? Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile? Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.
How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.
Can I change my charity? Yes, you can change your charity any time. Your AmazonSmile purchases after the change count towards your newly selected charity. To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”
What charities can I choose from? You can choose from almost one million eligible 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations.
If I represent a charitable organization, how can I learn more about registering my organization for AmazonSmile?
Go to org.amazon.com
to learn how to register your organization to receive donations.
How much of my purchase does Amazon donate? The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.
Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on AmazonSmile? Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
How can I learn more about AmazonSmile? Please see complete AmazonSmile program details
iGive is a free service to causes and members. iGive really is as simple as it sounds. iGive members can generate donations by shopping at any of our 1,400+ Stores. There are no costs, obligations, nor any hidden fees.
SHOPPING: When iGive members shop via our special links, an "iGive Cookie" is assigned to your browser. This tells the store, "Here is an iGive Member" using a meaningless member ID number. The store reports back with this number and the amounts for the donation to your cause. We never have access to any payment information.
- You don't need to enter any codes, notify the store, or iGive. It's all automatic!
Ways to Use iGive:
After using an iGive link to the store's website, you shop as you normally would. There are no extra steps, nor iGive notifications when making payments. The donations happen behind the scenes, and often the store's support teams are unaware of the iGive Affiliate Program.
NOTE: Use only iGive.com Deals & Coupons. The use of a non-iGive coupon will void the cause donation. We have direct feeds from the stores providing you with all the latest offers and savings. All other known exceptions are posted on the stores' detail page.
When you successfully link to an iGive store, a record of it is posted with your Store Visits. If you see your store visit there, then tracking is working, and each transaction you make will be reported for a donation to your cause! (you may need to refresh the page.)
Create your own list of favorite stores under My Stores. Donation Checks are mailed monthly. Every month, we calculate the funds due your cause based upon fundraising activities that happened approximately 75 days ago. That allows enough time for returns to be reported and for advertisers to pay us, so that we can pay your cause. You can always see how your cause is doing on the Cause Dashboard. Visit the Cause Toolbox for creative ways to promote your cause!
iGive began in 1997 and through word of mouth has grown to 350,000+ members supporting 50,000+ causes/charities who have raised over $7,000,000. Shopping via iGive is essentially a store rebate program where iGive members have the opportunity to donate their rebate to their chosen cause. iGive receives compensation beyond the posted donation amounts, and many stores pay to advertise on our site. We manage with a streamlined overhead, and use of the best in automated systems to provide our members and causes with this free service.
simply do good.
That’s the phrase that describes Goodsearch. Why? Well, because doing good can be simple. And a simple act, combined with those of the millions of other people on Goodsearch, can make a big difference in the world -- it can feed a child, help find a cure, plant a tree, create a home for a stray dog, and it can create and support a mentoring relationship at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Helping a cause you care about and making the world a better place can be something you do every day -- not only when you have time to volunteer or extra money to donate. This is what Goodsearch is all about. We give you the ability to turn your everyday actions into simple ways to support and raise funds for your favorite cause.
join the movement!
Goodsearch started as an idea…and now it has turned into a movement. More than 15 million people used Goodsearch last year to support more than 100,000 non-profits and schools. Since 2006, Goodsearch users have raised more than $9 million, participated in over 1.1 billion charitable actions, and have truly made a difference.
so, how can i simply do good?
It’s easy. Just pick Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, then, as you go about your daily activities, you’ll be raising money for our mentoring cause – at no cost to you! You can watch the dollars add up on the GoodSearch site. And, as you share your actions with your friends, you can inspire them to also make a difference every single day.
The three primary ways you can earn money are through searching the Internet and shopping online. Here’s a quick explanation of each of them:
- Goodsearch: Search the Internet with our patent-protected, Yahoo!-powered search engine (just like you’d search on any other search engine), and we’ll donate about a penny for nearly all searches to your selected cause.
- Goodshop: Shop at one of our more than 5,000 participating stores (from Amazon to Michaels to Zazzle) and a percentage of what you spend will be donated to your cause at no cost to you. Oh, and by the way, there’s a big added bonus here too. Goodshop lists more than 100,000 coupons and deals so you could save money while doing good!
- Good-to-go add-ons: The GoodShop To-Go Button and Goodsearch Plug-in install in less than 30 seconds and help you to earn donations for your favorite cause when you shop and search even when you don’t visit Goodsearch first!
Earn money for your cause with everyday spending.
Simply JOIN, CHOOSE YOUR CAUSE, and SHOP. When you "click" on a merchant or a money-saving coupon on Buy4, you will be sent to that merchant's site. When you make an eligible purchase on the merchant's site, a percentage of each sale will be credited to your cause's account in 2-3 days. As a member, you can view these donations online and even support multiple causes. Buy4 never sees your credit card information or performs any of the transactions.
Buy4 never sees your credit card information or performs any of the transactions. Shopping through Buy4 does not cost any more than shopping directly on our partners' sites, and can even save you money when you use a coupon.